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Dolly Parton Loves Gaga And GLAAD Awards

Dolly Parton recently represented the Country Music industry as a presenter at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards show in Los Angeles.  The ceremony honors media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. 

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Dolly, who was joined by fellow presenters Colin Farrell, Sean Hayes, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Allison Janney, Melissa Etheridge, Joel McHale, Kirsten Dunst, and Chaz Bono, told the crowd “I really do think that I stand for being proud of who you are, and not worrying a lick about what other people think!  I feel fortunate that I never had to be anything other than myself, and I know Bob (the recipient of the award Dolly presented), has lived his life in exactly the very same way, but we both know that there are many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are afraid to live this way, in spite of the fact that the world seems to be moving in a more tolerant and accepting direction, finally, thanks to God!  Anyway, I think movies, TV and music can change the way people think.”

At the ceremony, the country music legend and entertainment icon, presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Robert (Bob) Greenblatt, whose career as a television executive has led to some of the most fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT images ever seen in prime time, including Six Feet Under, Queer as Folk, The L Word, and United States of Tara

While backstage, Dolly Parton also told E! television that she loves Lady Gaga’s Country Road version of ‘Born This Way.’ “I think it’s great. It’s just wonderful. I love her!” The Country Music Hall of Famer continued to say, “Maybe we should do something together — GooGoo and Gaga!  You know those GooGoo candy bars in Nashville? I could be Lady GooGoo.” 

2011 GLAAD winners

Vanguard Award:  Kristin Chenoweth (presented by Sean Hayes)

Stephen F. Kolzak Award:  NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt

Outstanding Film – Limited Release:  I Love You Phillip Morris

Outstanding Comedy Series:  TIE:  Glee(Fox) [accepted by: Chris Colfer and Mike O’Malley] and Modern Family (ABC)  [accepted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter]

Outstanding Reality Program:  Project Runway(Lifetime)  [accepted by: Mondo Guerra, Michael Costello, and producer Jonathan Murray]

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Fort Worth Speech” The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) [accepted by: Lawrence O’Donnell, Fort Worth City Councilmember Joel Burns and his husband J.D. Angle]

Special Recognition: Bianca “Nikki” Peet

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