Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on this very day, January 19th, 66 years ago. I love Dolly Parton. I love her big voice, her big hair, & her big boobs.
I also admire her. She’s passionate about early childhood education, & has done amazing & important work to give kids who are born in her Appalachian Hills a good start in life with the Dollywood Foundation, which runs the Imagination Library, providing children a new book every month until their 5th birthdays.
Parton is an outspoken proponent of women’s rights. A Christian, like Tammy Faye, she seems to have actually read the Bible & gets the message of the life of Jesus. She supports gay rights & marriage equality, & has appeared on the cover of Out.
Parton’s production company, Sandollar Productions, which she started with her longtime manager/business partner/close friend- Sandy Gallin, an openly gay man, chose, as its first project, the 1989 Oscar winning documentary about the making of the AIDS quilt- Common Threads.
Drag Queens adore Parton, which is the highest compliment a human being can hold. The wigs, the costumes, the trashy makeup, the over-the-top, larger-than-life hair, & we still believe her sure-enough sweetness & love.
She built a Dolly Parton-themed theme park. I want a Stephen theme park- SteveTown!, a place with Mary Jane tasting rooms, whiskey & pizza bars, a Daniel Craig ride, & Stephen singing songs on the Steve Stage every day. Every evening at twilight, Stephen ascends to the top of the Magic Castle with a baby pink spot light following him.
Parton Is Fabulous, & fabulous come from self-invention. This is what the Old Style, Pre-Stonewall Gays cherish, getting kicked in the balls & then having the genius & artistry to remake yourself into a fabulous creature. Don’t you think Dolly Parton fits the bill? She is a Coat Of Many Colors, from her style to her stylish struggle against adversity & prejudice, plus her unabashed celebration of sexuality.
Do you think of Dolly Parton as a Gay Icon? What is your favorite Parton project? I am still over the moon for the Trio Albums with Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt.