At 70, Dolly Parton is still one of the hardest working women in showbiz.
Parton is in the middle of a 60-city North American tour, developing a TV series based on her life, launching two albums, and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, Parton shared how much joy she gets when she sees her male fans dressed like her at concerts.
“I think it’s fun! You know, we usually have boys all dressed like me, and so when I do ’Jolene’ and I see a bunch of drag queens out there, I start singing [to the tune of the “Jolene” chorus] “drag queen, drag queen, drag queen! Please don’t take my man!” [Laughing]”
“I have a huge gay following, and I’m proud of them,” she said. “Sometimes some of them look more like me than I do.”
In 2014, Parton told Billboard about the large amount of church groups and LGBT fans that visit her Dollywood amusement park every year.
“It’s a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period,” she told Billboard. “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.”
And to her LGBT fans, Parton had this beautiful message: