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A Social Network For Gay Farmers That’s Not a Facebook Game

With all the tired lines about how same-sex marriage will lead to man-goat and woman-sheep unions, you might imagine this Canadian gay farmer’s organization appreciate the irony.

A subsidiary of the 10-year-old farmer’s organization Au Coeur Des Familles Agricoles founded by Maria Labrecque Duchesneau, which is designed to help distressed farmers deal with everything from business pitfalls to feelings of solitude, the gay farmer’s group is a collective for Quebec agriculture’s even more isolated members. The Montreal Gazette notes:

“Like other rural residents, rural homosexuals don’t share the same concerns as urban gays,” said Labrecque Duchesneau, who has hosted several of the club’s meetings at her home, together with her husband. “They have their own realities.”

A club member who asked to remain anonymous agreed. “I think it would be disastrous for my business if people knew I was gay,” said the farmer, who is a major player in the Quebec beef industry. “The agricultural world is very macho. Bulls are bulls and cows are cows -it’s that simple.” He added that gays are not necessarily seen as good or reliable in business. “The gay village in Montreal is like a ghetto,” he told The Gazette. “The lifestyle there is far from the kind I’ve worked so hard to have and to maintain. I prefer to act straight and keep my private life private.”

Lampron, however, says he thinks gay farmers should reveal their true nature, regardless of the type of production they are involved in and the size of their enterprise. “I don’t think that being gay would hurt anyone’s business. We’re not in the 1950s anymore. Times have changed; people are much more open and accepting. If someone can’t or won’t come out, I think they’re hiding or haven’t accepted something inside themselves. They have an image of themselves or their business that doesn’t allow them to reveal that side of themselves. It all depends on where you are in your inner process. Every person’s reality is different.”

Despite wishing to keep his personal and professional identities separate, the anonymous farmer says he does enjoy chewing the fat with fellow members of the gay farmers’ club. “It’s very interesting to meet people with whom I have so much in common,” he said. “It’s fun and encouraging to see others living a life like mine.”

To be fair, what they have in common are obnoxious tan lines and the smell of cow poop. Which I actually find incredibly sexy.

[photo via 2010 Switzerland’s Sexiest Farmers, not Quebec]

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10 Comments

  • MaxH

    “Lampron, however, says he thinks gay farmers should reveal their true nature, regardless of the type of production they are involved in and the size of their enterprise. “I don’t think that being gay would hurt anyone’s business. We’re not in the 1950s anymore.”

    I grew up on a farm. Trust me, even today, coming out’s a bad plan. Probably coming out on the farm in 2030’s still going to be kind of a bad plan.

  • John Bower

    …I am a rural guy – live alone and I’m getting tired of it.
    So what if I’m gay?

    I’m a country “mouse”…and I hope to be just that until I take my last breath.

  • Wayne

    John,

    Don’t worry about a thing. Stop worrying about what people around you say or will say if they find out that you are gay. You dont change as a person and you will see how happy you will be once you are out and live your life as a gay man and a gay farmer. I come from south africa and can tell you its not easy but dont ever give up. Come out as gay and you will have a brick load off your shoulders.

    A gay farmer has always been so attractive as he walks around in his boots and jeans.

    Let me know how you are doing eventually. You are welcome to contact me to talk to me. Hope i can be of help to u

  • Wayne

    @John Bower:

    No. 3 · Wayne
    John,
    Don’t worry about a thing. Stop worrying about what people around you say or will say if they find out that you are gay. You dont change as a person and you will see how happy you will be once you are out and live your life as a gay man and a gay farmer. I come from south africa and can tell you its not easy but dont ever give up. Come out as gay and you will have a brick load off your shoulders.
    A gay farmer has always been so attractive as he walks around in his boots and jeans.
    Let me know how you are doing eventually. You are welcome to contact me to talk to me. Hope i can be of help to u

  • Ben

    @John Bower: Hear what you’re saying, John. I’m in the same boat and find it very hard to meet others. Out to friends and family but not everyone else. Sometimes hard, for sure.

  • stephan

    Can contact me anytime. 29wm port elizabeth.

  • poppie

    Love the country life and would love to find a marriage minded farmer

  • Amadeusmozart

    @stephan: Stephan , kindly contact me on what’s app +27 710380068 or e – mail [email protected].

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