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Gay Cowboys Lasso An Often-Ignored Part Of The American West

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis recently opened an exhibition of 41 evocative photographs Blake Little captured in the gay rodeo scene. Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo chronicles the story of an often-ignored part of American Western culture. Little became captivated by the gay rodeo scene in the late ’80s and began to document the lives of its contenders, victors and devoted fans. He learned to ride a steer, then a bull and became the Bull Riding Champion of the Year at the International Gay Rodeo Association in 1990. The opening marks the first time this exhibition has been on display.

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo is on display at The Eiteljorg through July 13.

Images courtesy of Blake Little

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Gordon Fiedor, Los Angeles, California, 1989

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Jerry Hubbard, Burbank, California, 1989

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Rodeo Partners Gene Hubert and Rick Ferreira, Sun Valley, California, 1991

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Brian Cornell and Alberto Rulloda, Hayward, California, 1989

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Roping Practice, Scott Terry, Phoenix, Arizona, 1989

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Steer Riding, Blake Little, Phoenix, Arizona, 1989

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Bull Riders, Los Angeles, California, 1989

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The Prayer, Rick Simmons, San Diego, California, 1991

By:           Jeffrey James Keyes
On:           Apr 15, 2014
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  • 17 Comments
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Mama a a a WOW what a hot men. I am, so gay to be HOMO.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 9:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stranded
      stranded

      denim never looked so good!

      Apr 15, 2014 at 9:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TVC 15
      TVC 15

      Oh my, the man in the first pic is absolutely beautiful.

      @stranded: Agreed! There’s nothing like a pair of snug-fitting, comfortable pair of straight-leg, or boot-cut jeans. They’re certainly my standard.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • carey579
      carey579

      Denim is just okay as regular wear but I don’t understand it’s appeal as a sex fetish.

      Unless they’re really really tight they don’t wrap around the body and show it off well.

      Amongst regular wear – dress pants flatter the butt and legs the most imo.

      And if we get really don to sexual fetish dressing then ofcourse – spandex – mesh/net – leather.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RIGay
      RIGay

      Oh… WOOF! GORGEOUS men!

      Apr 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greenman47
      Greenman47

      I knew Jerry Hubbard well (picture #2). Such a sweet guy! So very handsome, beautiful body and soul both. He was an enthusiastic dancer and a joy to hold and and to behold.

      Bless him!

      Apr 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      Nice set of pics and a interesting article thanks for posting these on line.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sejjo
      sejjo

      Well, hello mustache!

      Apr 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TampaBayTed
      TampaBayTed

      Despite all the photos of hunky men, rodeos gay or straight are cruel sporting events.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      I would rather see some gay Native Americans

      Apr 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv
      Merv

      Now I feel like smoking a Marlboro.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70
      hotshot70

      cowboy asses always look so good!

      Apr 16, 2014 at 12:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aires the Ram
      Aires the Ram

      @TVC 15: The jeans in question, that almost all cowboys wear are Wrangler 13mwz’s.

      Apr 16, 2014 at 7:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aires the Ram
      Aires the Ram

      @Ogre Magi: Then start attending rodeos (both straight & gay) west of the Mississippi River, you will see them, or the First Nations Rodeo each year in Pendleton, Oregon.

      Apr 16, 2014 at 7:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aires the Ram
      Aires the Ram

      @TampaBayTed: Then you’ve never attended a rodeo, nor have you worked a rodeo in the chutes, arena or barns. Easy to say, hard to prove.

      Apr 16, 2014 at 7:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ggore
      ggore

      I knew, and still know, a lot of these guys from being involved with gay rodeo since 1986. Some have passed away, some have faded off into the woodwork never to be seen again, and some I am still in contact with. These pictures bring back a wealth of great memories, I would love to see this exhibition.

      Apr 16, 2014 at 8:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sacsmt2
      sacsmt2

      As one of the cowboys who has somewhat disappeared from the gay rodeo scene, it’s great to see my trick roping pic in Blake’s show. Brian and Alberto, who are also featured in the show, still live in the San Francisco Bay Area, not far from me. Also, this is the second time I’ve been seen on Queerty. Queerty also ran a review of my memoir that was released in 2012, titled Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child was Saved from Religion. http://www.queerty.com/new-fall-memoirs-stories-for-boys-oddly-normal-beth-ditto-and-more-20121024/

      Apr 17, 2014 at 12:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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