Dolly has been a champion of LGBT rights, not to mention a gay icon, for most of her career. And she hasn’t been afraid to call out her Christian community for its intolerance.
“They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people,” Parton said about her gay fans in a 2014 Billboard interview. “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 also famously argued for same-sex marriage, saying that gay people “should suffer just like us heterosexuals.”