Singer Belinda Carlisle will open this weekend's PrideFest, Milwaukee's Gay Pride Festival.

The 53-year-old Carlisle will take to the stage on Friday as PrideFest begins its 25th anniversary. Other event headliners include Taylor Dane, Berlin and GOD-DES & She.

Speaking to gay weekly Wisconsin Gazette, Carlisle, whose openly gay actor son, James Duke Mason, earlier launched a video campaign urging gay actors to leave the closet, said her 80s band the Go-Go's has always had a gay fan base.

“The Go-Go's have always had a gay audience from its inception,” Carlisle said. “It has always been like that. I don't know really how you can say why or define that. Maybe there's a little bit of the 'Valley of the Dolls' element [laughs] thrown in there. Also, gay people have better taste than straight people, generally. They do. We've all been aware that we've always had a gay audience.”

She said of President Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage: “It's about time. I'm glad he said it. It was a really brave thing to do.”

Carlisle added that she would be a gay rights advocate “even if I didn't have a gay son.”