Dolly Parton, the iconic singer known for her avoidance of politics, has decided to share her thoughts on Tennessee’s recent anti-trans legislation, which includes a ban on gender-affirming care for minors. The state’s discriminatory measures are currently under scrutiny, awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court. Parton, a longtime LGBTQ+ ally, emphasized the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
In a heartfelt statement, she said, “I just want everybody to be treated good. I try not to get into the politics of everything. I try to get into the human element of it. I have some of everybody in my own immediate family and in my circle of employees. I’ve got transgender people. I’ve got gays. I’ve got lesbians. I’ve got drunks. I’ve got drug addicts—all within my own family. I know and love them all, and I do not judge.”
Parton’s unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community has been evident throughout her career. She has used her platform to advocate for marriage equality and has spoken out on controversial issues like public bathroom debates. Parton’s message remains clear: “I hope that everybody gets a chance to be who and what they are. I just know, if I have to pee, I’m gon’ pee, wherever it’s got to be.”
As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, Dolly Parton continues to stand with the LGBTQ+ community, reminding us that we are all God’s children, deserving of love and acceptance.