The actress and singer says the LGBT community makes the world "a more beautiful place."
Dolly Parton is not only a country music icon and Hollywood actress, she is revered within the LGBT community as an ally and friend.
The superstar is currently touring for her new album Pure and Simple; she will make a stop in San Diego on Tuesday September 27, at the Valley View Casino Center.
Those of you who have followed Dolly's life and career, understand that it hasn’t always been pure and simple, and her connection to the LGBT community wasn’t always as strong as it is today.
In an interview for PrideSource, the star says when she was younger, growing up in rural Tennessee in the 1950’s, she didn’t know what being gay was at all.
But it didn’t take long for her to realize that people can be different she says, because she was different too.
She grew excepting, even helping from within her own family.
“I’ve had many people through the years who I have helped to feel good about themselves,” she said. “I say, ’You need to let people know who you are and you need to come on out. You don’t need to live your life in darkness—what’s the point in that? You’re never gonna be happy, you’re gonna be sick. You’re not gonna be healthy if you try to suppress your feelings and who you are.'”
Her career spans many decades and stardom in the mainstream seemed to happen overnight.
Most people knew and respected her as a country singer, but in 1980 she also became known as a viable actress starring opposite Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in the hit film “9 to 5,” of which she also wrote the hit title song.
Over time she has had 25 songs reach number one and 110 charted singles.
Her movie career continued in a string of successful films such as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Steel Magnolias," and "Straight Talk."
Her connection to the LGBT community grew even stronger and she was able to translate that into a voice for advocacy and awareness, even teaching her something about herself along the way.
“They’ve had to go through so much that I think they’re very emotional and tenderhearted and more open to feelings, so I’ve just learned the same things…” she told PrideSource.”Most of the gay people I know just want to make the world a more beautiful place like I do.”
An Evening With Dolly Parton at the Valley View Casino is on Tuesday, September 27, at 7:30 pm.
Valley View Casino is located at 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard San Diego, CA. (619) 224.4171
Purchase tickets by clicking HERE.
Before you head out to see the show, stop in to Hillcrest for a little pre-concert fun at these locations.
Tuesday All-Day Happy Hour at Flicks from 2 pm to 2 am
Free Pool and $3 Well Drinks at the San Diego Eagle from 2pm to 6 pm.
Tuesday Happy Hour at Urban Mo's from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Happy Hour at Gossip Grill from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Hoppy Hour at Hillcrest Brewing Company from 3 pm to 6 pm.