Dolly Parton never seems to let us queers down.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Parton opened up about her love for her gay fans — as well as her feelings towards Christians that feel the need to “judge” the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
When questioned about why she thinks that she reached icon status within the queer world, Parton told Billboard:
They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I’ve struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.
Parton elaborated on this further when Billboard questioned the singer about Dollywood and its appeal to the LGBT community (which some questioned after a controversial incident in 2011) — as well as churches groups.
It’s a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period. It’s for all that. But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.
Parton has been a long-time ally to queers, having spoken out a number of times in favor of the right to marry for same-sex couples. The singer has previously discussed a dance album specifically for her gay fans and joked about having a drag queen name.