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Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle On Being Gay And Redneck

10/15/2012

LEE_honeybooboo_101512_mLee Thompson is one of the break out stars of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but you might not know his name. That's because Thompson's better known as Alana Thompson's Uncle Poodle -- the gay brother of Alana's father Sugar Bear.

For most viewers, being both gay and a redneck seem at odds with one another, but Thompson swears that it works for him.

"I’m gay, but I’m as redneck as I can get,and we want to be somewhere we can fish and jump on a four-wheeler, go hog wallowing. There’s probably 40 or 50 of us — gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people — around here, they’re all open about it, everybody knows it," says Thompson, who recently relocated to Milledgeville, Georgia.

Thompson married his long time boyfriend Josh in August, and says that he generally feels that he fits in just fine. "It’s not like there’s a gay bar here. We go to the same bars as everybody else, we’re all part of the same community... If there’s people who have a problem with it, they keep it to themselves, just like if I have a problem with them, I keep it to myself.”

So where exactly did the nickname "Uncle Poodle" come from? "We were at practice one day, getting ready for a pageant. Her coach was talking about her gay friends, and she said, ‘I love all my poodles.’ Alana thought she was really talking about dogs. She wanted to know how many poodles she had, and what were their names,” Thompson says. “And I said, ‘No, Alana, she’s talking about gay people.’ Well, that did it. All gay people are poodles to her now, and I’m her number one poodle.” Plus, as Alana explains on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, "everybody is a little bit gay."

And tips for others struggling with their identities? “If you want people to accept you, you have to show you don’t have a problem with yourself and just be up front about who you are. If you do, you earn people’s respect. If everybody would just go on and do that, ignorant people couldn’t cause so many problems. I know this is how I was born and I don’t need to explain it to anybody. I live my life for who I am.” [GA Voice]

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