05/08/2014 02:20 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Dolly Parton On Lesbian Rumors, LGBT Fans And Her Drag Queen Name

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Dolly Parton addresses those long-standing lesbian rumors as well as her affection for her gay fans in a new interview with PrideSource's Chris Azzopardi.

The 68-year-old country music legend, who is currently promoting her new album, "Blue Smoke," told Azzopardi, "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."

Calling herself non-judgmental, "loving" and "accepting," she added, "I try to see the good in everybody and I don't care who people are as long as they're themselves, whatever that is."

Of the country music world's reputation as being less-than-hospitable toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, she said, "There's just been so much made of [gay rights] in the last two or three years and it's been brought to the front so people can really see it and be like, 'Yeah, I guess there are a lot more gay people than we ever knew! I have a better understanding of it now. I know that these people are for real.' I think they're getting that now."

The icon again dismisses tabloid speculation over the nature of her relationship with longtime gal pal Judy Ogle as "just a precious friendship," noting, "I am not gay, but if I were I would be the first one running out of the closet."

And she capped off the interview by revealing what her drag name would be: "P. Titty ... like P. Diddy!"

Check out Azzopardi's full interview with Parton here.


Country Music And The LGBT Community
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