Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle is out and proud!
Lee Thompson, the 29-year-old uncle to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Alana Thompson, made an appearance on on the season-one finale of the TLC smash -- and Thompson (the younger brother of Honey Boo Boo's father, Mike) confirms to the Georgia Voice that he's gay.
Recently recognized by a Honey Boo Boo fan at a local Wal-Mart -- who asked to take a photo with him -- Thompson tells the Georgia Voice that he recently moved back to his hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia after several years in the less rural Birmingham, Alabama.
"My husband and I live in Milledgeville because we want to be out in the country," he explains of his spouse, Josh, whom he married this past August. Perhaps defying common gay stereotypes, he adds, "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."
But Lee and Josh aren't the only LGBT individuals in his area, he says.
"There's probably 40 or 50 of us — gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people — around here, they're all open about it, everybody knows it . . .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."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle: "I'm Gay" and "Redneck"