Dolly Parton shares her heartbreak over the Orlando tragedy that shook America to its core YouTube

There’s no possible way to wrap our minds around why people commit senseless tragedies in the world.

On June 12 — one day after “The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie was killed in an Orlando venue — 49 victims were killed and many more were injured when a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub nearby.

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That devastating act of terror provoked countless country music artists to voice their emotions in public and on social media.

Now, Dolly Parton is speaking out.

“It’s a hate crime,” said Dolly at a press conference in Toronto, “And I just think it’s terrible that people kill anybody for any reason. But the fact that you just kill somebody for being something you don’t agree with or don’t understand or accept, that’s terrible. It’s just terrible period. We should just love one another a little more, don’t you think?”

Dolly is no stranger to showing her support for the LGBTQ community. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that she expressed her concern over North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” – a law that doesn’t allow transgender people to use the bathroom that they identify with.

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In a recent Billboard report Dolly said, “I do have a big gay following. I’m a patron saint for a lot of them guys, and it makes me feel good.”

She then added, “We all have to live in this world. We are all kinds of people, and I think that everybody should be protected. Everybody should be safe, everybody should be comfortable in their world, however they do, so I really think that it’s important that we as a nation and we as a people try to love each other a little better, try to look after each other a little more.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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