Dolly Parton's Dance Album For Gay Fans Is Guaranteed to Be Phenomenal
The Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, who recently kicked Glastonbury in the rear with a pair of steel-toed boots, recently said that she’d like to make a dance album for her gay fans. The music icon already has one track called “Just a Wee Bit Gay,” which she wrote for her large gay fanbase and according to Parton, “It's a great little dance tune, it's funny and it's got a lot of comic in it... I do write a lot of songs along those lines with people that are different and are just themselves.” A Dolly Parton gay dance album in the works just might be the best news I’ve heard all day.
This isn’t the first time Parton, who is famously a gay icon, has spoken out about her gay fans and the gay community. Much like her music, her political views are straightforward with a little bit of humor. Back in April, the country star commented, “I don’t want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble but people are going to love who they are going to love. I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals.”
Parton joins a plethora of stars who not only support their gay fans, but look to them as a source of inspiration for their work. Take a look at celebrities and their relationships with the LGBT community.
On why she feels more connected to hey gay fanbase, "I started doing the gay clubs and getting a better response [to my act]. I find that gay audiences are more raucous, somewhat political and knowledgable."
During her acceptance speech for her Legend honor at the Attitude Awards, she mused on why she felt like the gay community has always been drawn to her, “Gay men especially... either love you or they don't even notice that you're on the planet... I think what you guys like, is you like a strong woman that's having a breakdown constantly, and that certainly is me. Judy Garland's got nothing on me."
Cyrus, who has an equal rights tattoo, said this about hey gay fanbase and why London is her favorite city, "I feel like they are so much more open [in London], much more than here in the U.S. when they're feeling trapped, where it's like, 'Can I even say I believe in gay marriage? Can I say that my favorite fans are my gay fans? Am I allowed to say that, because half of America is still against it?'"
When asked about her role as a gay icon:
I never set out to be a gay icon or become one or be revered as one, and I’m just really grateful to all the people that have believed in me and my music and my work. The most special thing of all has been that my sort of assimilation as a public figure has very organically stemmed out of who my natural friends were in high school... now it’s less about being a leader and more just about being a part of my generation and being part of the fight for equality that I feel is part of who I am and part of my childhood, and part of where I’m going.
I've always had a connection. Most of my audience is actually women and my gay fans, and I've seen a lot of the younger boys kind of grow up to my music. It's great when I'm able to do the meet and greets, because I'm able to really connect and have conversations. People look at some of the artists that I admire - like Diana Ross and Cher - and they identity that glamour with Sasha Fierce, and I've been really inspired by the language. I have my (gay) stylists and my makeup artist, and all of their stories and the slang words I always put it in my music. We inspire each other. Like I said, we're one.
On discussing a tour with Lil Wayne, “Normally, Wayne probably wouldn’t have gay guys coming to see his shows much, but they’re definitely a big part of my movement, and I hope they’d still come out and see me ... I think that will be really, really interesting, just to start bridging that gap. We’ll see.”
Though all of the Backstreet Boys openly support the LGBT community, McLean is the most outspoken about his feelings toward their gay fans, "If we did a full arena with the LGBT community, I bet you they'd be louder [than our usual shows]. When we did G-A-Y [in London], there was about 2,200 people crammed into this little club, and they went buck wild. I feed off of a crowd anyway, but it was just so cool to sing a love song and grab this guy's hand. He about melted."