Four decades after writing “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton is showing some more love for the rainbow. On a conference call last week, the country icon spoke about an unreleased track called “Just a Wee Bit Gay,” which is reportedly part of a larger group of songs that are “very positive towards the gay community.”
“It’s a great little dance tune, it’s funny and it’s got a lot of comic in it,” she told reporters. “I do write a lot of songs along those lines with people that are different and are just themselves.”
Parton also hinted at the possibility of an LGBT-friendly dance record. In fact, that’s a dream she’s been talking about for several years now, reportedly prompted by a techno remix of her classic “9 to 5.”
A longtime gay icon, the 68-year-old entertainer has ramped up her advocacy for gay rights in recent months. In April, she spoke with the U.K.-based Event magazine about same-sex marriage, saying, “I don’t want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble, but people are going to love who they are going to love. I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer like us heterosexuals.”
Parton wrapped up her Blue Smoke World Tour Monday night. The 47-show run was extremely successful, with Parton visiting three continents and drawing the largest crowd at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival.