Dolly Parton is now celebrating her 50th anniversary as a Nashville performer, and she recently sat down for an enlightening interview with Billboard magazine that covered everything from her lengthy career in music and why she supports her gay fans, to being a woman in a largely male-dominated industry.
Dolly also discussed her feelings regarding the unique fact that Christian church groups and the LGBT community share a unique commonality in that they both seem to be drawn to all that Dollywood has to offer, regardless of their often contrasting stances on the subjects of religion and love:
“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.”
When asked to discuss her views on the subject of her large gay following, she said this:
“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.”
You can read the full Billboard interview here.