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Honey Boo Boo’s Uncle Poodle: ‘I’m Gay, But I’m As Redneck As I Can Get’

by David Badash on October 15, 2012

in Celebrities,News

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Lee Thompson, better known as “Uncle Poodle” on TLC’s oddly-famous reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” says, “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,” a profile by the Georgia Voice reports:

Lee Thompson married his husband, Josh, this past August (“We just decided to do it that morning, but it wasn’t a shotgun wedding,” he promises.) The ceremony was presided over by his stepfather, and held in the family living room.

A great time was had by all. There was a wedding cake fight afterward. They neglected to take pictures, so they’ve decided to have another one. They’re happy where they are, and Thompson believes the image of small-town gay life could use an update.

“Things are changing. My husband and I live in Milledgeville because we want to be out in the country. 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, transgendered people — around here, they’re all open about it, everybody knows it,” he says.

“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.”

“But,” he adds, “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. That’s why ‘Born This Way’ is gonna be my next tattoo.”

It appears being unapologetically yourself is a family trait.

“I love Alana, she’s my heart, and she tells it just like it is. That’s why people love the show,” Thompson says. “We’re all rednecks, we cut up and make fun, but we love each other and we tell the truth. That’s how you’re supposed to be with your family. Just real.”

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GaelicWench October 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Having lived in Florida where getting a dose of rednick-itis anytime I went out was the norm, my opinion of some of them was pretty low. Honey Boo Boo's family was right up there as well. But upon reading about "Uncle Poodle," my incorrect opinion regarding this loving family has taken a different turn. I try to stay objective and keep an open mind, but now and then I do stray. I am only human.

I have respect for this entire family regarding how one of theirs is treated despite being gay. And the fact that he is comfortable with who he is and not apologizing for it reminds me of my need to overcome my own shortcomings. When you love yourself, you love all.

A wonderful short bio of Uncle Poodle – you are loved.

arthuride December 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Well written, concise, complete, cogent–and thought provoking. It does not matter if a person is gay or straight–only that the person is capable of being loved and being able to return love. I never heard of the reality show (but I do not watch television), but if I would go out and buy a TV, it would be one of the first programs I would watch. For over 60 years I have written that homosexuality is normal (long before the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, et al. came to their senses and restudied the fullness of life), and was damned when my book "City of Sodom" came out and later when Playboy reviewed my "Evangelical Terrorism"–but I am proud that I did not flinch, but continue to research, investigate, and write–as truth always wins. Closet doors must be opened, pedophiles exposed, and those who love openly applauded. Great article!

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