Country music legend Dolly Parton says that Christians who judge and condemn gay people are themselves sinners.
In an interview with Billboard, the 68-year-old singer and songwriter explained why she has been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community and why she has such a large gay following.
“They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I’ve struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself,” she said.
“I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.”
Parton was also asked about her Dollywood theme park, which attracts both church groups and members of the LGBT community.
“It’s a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period. It’s for all that,” said the star.
She added: “But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.”
Parton has sold more than 100 million albums and singles worldwide, and boasts eight Grammy Awards (with 46 nominations), two Academy Award nominations and a Tony Award nomination.