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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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Dolly Parton Apologizes for 'Marriage is So Gay' T-Shirt Incident

Dolly Parton has apologized for an incident at her theme park Dollywood in early July in which a lesbian, at the park with her wife and children, was asked to reverse a T-shirt that said "Marriage is So Gay" on it.

Dollywood Wrote Parton in a statement to ABC News:

"I am truly sorry for the hurt or embarrassment regarding the gay and lesbian t-shirt incident at Dollywood's Splash Country recently. Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome." Dolly adds that the policies on clothing or signs with profanity or controversial messages are in place to protect the person wearing the shirt and keep disturbances at the park to a minimum. Dolly concludes saying, "I am looking further into the incident and hope and believe it was more policy than insensitivity. I am very sorry it happened at all."


Lesbian Couple Claims Dollywood Discriminated Over 'Marriage Is So Gay' Shirt:' Video

DollyPartonPark Dolly Parton has a history of pro-equality politics. The employees at her Tennessee-based amusement park? Not so much.

Lesbian couple Olivia Odom and Jennifer Tipton took their children to Dollywood's Splash park earlier this month and found themselves stopped at the gate for Odom's "Marriage is So Gay" t-shirt, which employees told her to remove or turn inside out.

"I looked at him and I was like really? He said 'This is a family park,'" Odom told local NBC affiliate WBIR.

"I was in disbelief. I didn't think it was the policy of Dollywood to discriminate against the LGBT community," she said. "I was curious what he found offensive about the shirt. If it was the fact that it had the word gay on it or that it was in conjunction with the word marriage."

Odom also pointed out that at least one other patron was wearing a t-shirt bearing a Confederate flag, but in the end, she turned her shirt inside out, lest she ruin the children's trip.

A park spokesperson explained to The Advocate that the park'ss "front gate hosts are asked to enforce our dress code policy."

"It doesn’t have anything to do with who the people are or what their belief system is or with anything other than the fact that we try to prevent as best as we can upon entry of the park one of our guests being offended by something someone else is wearing," said Pete Owens. He also described the incident as a "misunderstanding" and vowed to call Odom and Tipton to further discuss the situation.

Parton was not available for comment, but something tells me she'll be less than pleased by the news.  

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #868

DOLLY PARTON: Presents NBC's Bob Greenblatt with Stephen F. Kolzak award at last night's GLAAD Awards in L.A..

MATT BAUME: His weekly update on marriage equality.

GHOST CITIES: The Chinese real estate bubble.

ANONYMOUS: The upcoming Roland Emmerich political thriller about an alleged author of the plays of William Shakespeare-- Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford-- set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.

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Kristin Chenoweth, Glee And Modern Family Among Those Honored At GLAAD Media Awards In Los Angeles

GLAAD began handing out trophies for its 22nd annual Media Awards in New York City last month. Tonight the awards show continued with part 2 in Los Angeles.

Kc Sean Hayes presented Kristin Chenoweth with the Vanguard Award which she was awarded for her promotion of equal rights for the LGBT community and speaking out in support of Hayes after last year's controversial Newsweek article written by Ramin Setoodeh.

Glee and Modern Family tied for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment - MSNBC's The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell won for his segment "Fort Worth Speech" about City Council member Joel Burns and his incredibly moving speech. Burns and O'Donnell met in person for the first time on stage tonight.

The Stephen F. Kolzak Award - Openly gay NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt (presented by surprise guest Dolly Parton)

Outstanding Reality Program - Project Runway

Outstanding Film in Limited Release - I Love You Phillip Morris

The GLAAD Media Awards will hand out the final awards of the year on May 14 in San Francisco.

Watch Chenoweth's terrific speech (funny, endearing and touching - the perfect acceptance speech) and the acceptance speeches for the Modern Family/Glee tie, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Dolly Parton: 'We Need to Accept People for Who They Are'

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Dolly Parton talks to Larry King about why gay people like her, and how there isn't enough love and acceptance in the world.

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