She has declared in interviews that some of her best friends are gay and that she adores gay people and refers to herself as "the biggest gay icon of all times.
8 Times Dolly Parton Cemented Her Status as an LGBTQ Icon
Madonna As Postmodern Myth: A gay icon is a public figure historical or present who is embraced by many within lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT communities. Retrieved June 16, Some comic book characters are considered gay icons. Retrieved February 1, My Friendship with Lucille Ballthe author describes his experience when he witnessed Lucille Ball being labeled a gay icon for the first time by a mutual friend. Garth Brookswhose sister is openly lesbian, was one of the first non-LGBT male artists to openly back gay rights, and later same-sex marriage.