“NCIS” star Pauley Perrette deeply moved by Gary and Larry Lane’s “Hollywood to Dollywood”
NCIS star Pauley Perrette is one of the most outspoken high-profile straight allies the LGBT community has and she can be seen on the front lines raising money for AIDS and speaking out for equality.
Pauley just posted this very raw and emotional video on her YouTube page which she made while watching the documentary Hollywood to Dollywood which is just out on DVD.
“It’s breaking my heart,” Pauley says. “It’s about two guys from the deep South like I am who are on a track from Hollywood to Dollywood to meet Dolly Parton who I love.”
I’ve written a lot about this film and Gary Lane and Larry Lane who are at the center of it. It’s about a lot more than just driving an RV across the country to deliver a movie script they’ve written for Dolly Parton. It’s about their own feelings about being gay and how that is received by their family back home in North Carolina. And it’s about the people they meet along the way on their road trip, gay people who still live in the south and face discrimination and the threat of violence. Larry Lane talks in the film about a Dolly impersonator they met while in Arkansas who was stabbed outside a club.
When she watched the movie on PBS early Wednesday, it had Pauley thinking a lot about civil rights.
“My LGBT friends have been gay bashed and beaten up – that’s happening now. It’s like 1961 in Montgomery, Alabama and Selma. My family is from there. It’s a disaster. But I have to believe this will be over soon. … Please, let’s stop this. I can’t take it anymore. It’s going to be over soon I pray.”
To all LGBT people she says: “You are loved, you are God’s child, you are perfect regardless of what you’ve been told if you’ve been told otherwise. No one has the right to discriminate against you or harm you because of who you are.”
She has this advice for people: “Use your vote, use your mind and most of all, use your heart. I’m proud of the fact that I know I’m on the right side of history.”
“The guys from Hollywood to Dollywood are the new freedom riders and I am too.”