Country legend and gay icon Dolly Parton appeared on The Joy Behar Show on Friday, openly advocating for marriage equality and addressing her large gay fan base. Behar asked why Parton has such an large gay following, to which Parton responded,
“I think it’s because they know that I’m different too,” and said, “they just appreciate that I love everybody for who they are. We’re not supposed to try to change people…”
Behar moved on to ask if Parton supports marriage equality. “I always say, ‘Sure, why can’t they get married? They should suffer like the rest of us.”
Behar later questioned what Parton’s take was on anti-gay pastor Joel Osteen, saying “I don’t think that if he was a religious person, he would be judging people.”
Dolly Parton wrote and performed the song “Travelin’ Thru” for the 2005 film Transamerica, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. GLAAD applauds Parton for her unyielding support to the LGBT community by fearlessly paving the road to marriage equality.
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