Singer Patti LaBelle says if she were to be elected president of the gay community her first order would be to legalize marriage equality around the world.

In an interview with Michigan gay weekly Pride Source, LaBelle discussed her big gay following, which she said she became aware of early in her career.

“I've been in this business for maybe 51 years, and so I think 50 years ago,” LaBelle said. “The first year I wasn't sure, but the second year of performing I got this love – I mean, great love – from my gay fans. I always questioned, 'Why do they love me? Why do they really, really give a damn about Patti LaBelle?' And I think it's because I'm such a free spirit and such a drag queen, really, myself. The original drag queen.”

“I think if I ran for president of the gay community, they might elect me. … It would just be one of those things I was born to do.”

LaBelle went on to describe her first order as gay community president: “I would let everyone gay who wants to get married – no matter what city, what country, what state – say 'I do.' That would be my first order. Everybody say 'yes' to gay marriages.”