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Dolly Parton Planning Dance Record for Gay Fans

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At a press conference last week, gay icon Dolly Parton spoke about her plans to eventually release a pro-LGBT dance album, saying she already has “several songs that are very positive towards the gay community.”

Digital Spy reports:

"I have a song called 'Just A Wee Bit Gay'. 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."

The queen of country is no stranger to branching out musically, having shown off her hip-hop credentials in a rap performance on The Queen Latifah Show last year. 


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Gay Iconography: Why We Will Always Love Dolly Parton

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I can't even attempt to feign objectivity when talking about Dolly Parton. She is undoubtedly an icon, a superstar and an American treasure. Beyond the sequins, hair and makeup, she's one of the most extraordinarily talented musicians of all time. Her catalog is overflowing with some of the best-written songs in history. (The cantankerous Internet commenter who can't appreciate "Jolene" because he "doesn't like country music," needs to recognize that he may, in fact, just not like music.) She's been nominated for a Tony award, two Academy awards and 46 Grammy awards (tying her with Beyoncé for the most Grammy nominations by any female artist). Her musical contributions aside, there's still plenty of reasons why she's so beloved by the gay community.

From her humble roots growing up as one of 12 children in a one-room cabin in Tennessee, she's developed a legendary look and larger-than-life personality that's endeared her to generations of fans, gay and straight. Modeling her over-the-top appearance after the town tramp she admired as a child, her definition of glamour may not be for everyone. Go ahead and laugh, though. She certainly does. Parton famously jokes, "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap!"

Even if you're not one to go ga-ga over rhinestones and wigs, Parton's commitment to being herself, no matter what anyone thinks, is an interesting parallel to the gay experience. She told PrideSource.com earlier this month: "I do believe that I have a lot of gay fans because I think they do accept me as I am - the differences in me - and I think they know that I see that and love that in everybody else."

She's been vocal in her support of the LGBT community for years, including appearances on Larry King Live and in an interview with The Daily Mail, where she underscored her belief in marriage equality with her signature humor: "[Gay couples] should suffer just like us heterosexuals." There's a small blemish on her LGBT record, a dust-up at Dollywood over a marriage equality T-shirt, but she apologized for the misunderstanding. (While we're on the subject, how many folks you know have their own theme park?) Hey lyrics often include messages of acceptance and tolerance, including “Family,” in which she sings: “Some are preachers, some are gay/Some are addicts, drunks and strays/But not a one is turned away, when it's family”

We can barely scratch the surface on Dolly's life and work in this space, but we'll do our best to contain our excitement with some of our favorite Dolly clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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Dolly Parton Raps About Her 'Wrecking Balls' for Queen Latifah: VIDEO

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The queen of country turns to hip-hop in a rap performance on The Queen Latifah Show: "I’m workin'. I’m twerkin'. Hey Miley, I got your wrecking balls right here!"

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Dolly Parton is Neither Gay Nor a Convincing Drag Queen: VIDEO

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Dolly Parton sat down with Nightline last night to discuss her career, and her personal life.

Parton said that she laughs over rumors that she is gay, adding that she has that in common with Oprah, and they've discussed it:

"Like Gayle [King], her friend, Judy, my friend, they just think that you just can't be that close to somebody," Parton said. "Judy and I have been best friends since we were like in the third and fourth grade… We still just have a great friendship and relationship and I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world, but we're not romantically involved."

Parton also talks about a drag queen contest she once entered, and lost:

"They had a bunch of Chers and Dollys that year, so I just over-exaggerated -- made my beauty mark bigger, the eyes bigger, the hair bigger, everything. All these beautiful drag queens had worked for weeks and months getting their clothes. So I just got in the line and I just walked across, and they just thought I was some little short gay guy.. but I got the least applause."

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