Dolly Parton wants Christian homophobes to stop shaming gays: ‘Judging people is God’s job’
Dolly Parton, country singer and gay icon, has long been a vocal supporter for the LGBT+ community and wants her fellow Christians to follow in her footsteps.
A resurfaced 2017 interview with the star on Larry King Now sees her call out Christians who judge LGBT+ people and tell them to be “more loving”.
“I keep saying: ‘If you’re the fine Christian that you think you are, why are you judging people? That’s God’s job,'” Parton told King.
“We’re not God, we’re not judges, we’re supposed to love one another, we’re supposed to not judge.”
The prolific singer-songwriter, who has released 51 studio albums, said: “I’ve got to much work to do to try and do God’s job too.”
In the interview, she told King she has been criticised by Christian fans for her loud support for the LGBT+ community.
“I just think that we should be more loving, more caring. We are who we are,” she added.
“If you’re gay, you’re gay. If you’re straight, you’re straight. And you should be allowed to be how you are and who you are.”
Dolly Parton: ‘We are all God’s children.’
In the interview, Dolly Parton acknowledged how the LGBT+ community have made her the “poster child” for “being accepting of people in general”.
She continued: “I do not think we should criticise and judge other people. I think we should be accepting and loving.
“We are all God’s children. We are all who we are and we should be allowed to be who we are.”
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Dolly Parton is not gay herself but she has long been a supporter for the LGBT+ community.
In a previous interview, she said: “I’m not gay, but I have so many gay friends and I accept everybody for who they are.”
She later said: “If I was gay, I would have come out of the closet just a-flying.”
Famously, the singer said if she was born a boy she would have been a drag queen, “because I’m so over-exaggerated and I have so many fans in the gay community, and the drag queens”.
She has recently been lauded for donating $1 million to help fund a COVID-19 vaccine. She said she hoped the money would “grow into something great, and help to heal this world”.