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Conclusive Proof That Dolly Parton's "Jolene" Is A Queer Anthem

These covers are as iconic as Dolly herself.

She's beauty. She's grace. She's the queer icon of the Southern United States.


Dolly Parton has long been an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

From opposing the 2016 transgender bathroom bill in North Carolina to supporting marriage equality, Dolly Parton has expressed her support for the LGBTQ+ community. And her songs? Come on, don't try to tell me that "Jolene" doesn't have major queer vibes.

Honestly, what's better than Dolly Parton's music plus LGBTQ+ representation? June is Pride Month, and many singers are celebrating by adapting Parton's song into LGBTQ+-friendly bops. And, as I never see on my Tinder profile: "It's a match!"

Here are some of the perfect covers of Parton's original song "Jolene" for your Pride playlist, courtesy of the Tennessee Queen and her fans.

1. "Jolene (But It's Gay)" by Reinaeiry

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BRB, just sobbing over this beautiful love story between Jolene and her unnamed female admirer.

2. "Jolene" by My Gay Banjo

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These singers really capture Dolly's bittersweet twang.

3. "Jolene for Gay People" by Natalie Fedak

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Fedak delivers a hilarious rendition with relatably awkward pickup lines and a dash of social anxiety.

4. "Jolene" by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton

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Miley Cyrus is Parton's godchild and a pop music icon. Cyrus is also an out member of the LGBTQ+ community.

5. "Jolene from Jolene's POV" by Lucy Daley

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In this version of "Jolene," Jolene herself compliments Dolly's beauty. Why don't both women just forget about this man and get with each other?

6. "Jolene" by October

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"Jolene, I'm begging of you please just take my hand." What more can we say? Flawless.

7. "Jolene (Pride Edition)" by Leanne Yau

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This lesbian-friendly cover of Jolene is performed with lots of soul and masterful guitar skills. That last note sent shivers down my spine. A gay anthem, indeed.

8. "Jolene (but it's gay now)" by Trianna

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What can I say? I'm a sucker for a woman serenading another woman.

9. And "Jolene (Acoustic)" by Christopher King and Chris O'Leary

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This gender-swapped version of the song gives me strong bisexual vibes, and I'm digging every second of it. And the production value of this song? Fire.

Other than "Jolene," which Dolly Parton songs do you think are queer-friendly jams? Share your favorite OG Dolly songs or even just your favorite LGBTQ+ covers in the comments below!