Ten Days of Dolly Pardon (6) “Silver and Gold”

Is she or isn’t she gay? The world has heard of her him but few has ever seen her husband Carl Thomas Dean. He rarely has he seen her at events, even those where she was honored. Due to her career, she said the two rarely spent time together. The couple married May 30,1966. She says her passport reads Dolly Pardon Dean.

In a interview with The Sun, the Nashville legend denied that she is a lesbian while expressing her support for the LGBTQ community. “So ­people say that — because you can’t really have a great relationship with a woman. I’m not gay but I have so many gay friends and I accept everybody for who they are,”Dolly told the U.K. newspaper. As for her title as a gay icon, Parton embraces the role, telling the outlet: “I love that.”

Parton began to embark on a high-profile crossover campaign, attempting to aim her music in a more mainstream direction and increase her visibility outside of the confines of country music. In 1976, she began working closely with  Sandy Gallin, who served as her personal manager for the next 25 years.

“Sandy and I just clicked like nobody’s business,” Parton told host Hunter Kelly. “He was like my best gay bud. … We [went to] Studio 54. We’d sit on the couch and watch all the craziness. But we were all involved in the fun of it, and it was great.” Dolly lived with Sandy Gallin in New York as he helped her reshape her career. Country music long had a prickly relationship with the LGBTQ community. Dolly welcomed them.