Dolly Parton LGBT Support

Dolly Parton has come out to fully support the LGBT community, a fact that might not sit well with the various church groups who routinely visit her Dollywood amusement park.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Dolly Parton was asked “Dollywood attracts lots of church groups, but it has also become a draw for the LGBT community. What does that say about you?”

She responded, “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.”

She was then asked: “You have a large gay following. To what do you attribute that?”

“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,” she said. “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. ”

Dollywood, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is the 24th-most-popular theme park in the United States with an estimated three million visitors per year. Parton also started the Dollywood Foundation in 1996 which is a distribution program for free children’s books.

Dolly Parton can now add LGBT community supporter among her list of career highlights. A career that includes 25 songs reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, sales topping 100 million records worldwide, 8 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards and 3 American Music Awards.

[Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi]