Lusk, Wyo. Although the silos, with their sinister nuclear payloads, are well concealed, most locals know where to find them. Wyoming's wide-open spaces are like that, with space enough to conceal wide-open secrets, and good reasons to do so. Among the secrets is the existence of gay cowboys, a term that might have struck some as an oxymoron before Ang Lee's new film, "Brokeback Mountain," which opened earlier this month to sold-out houses in New York and Los Angeles, seven Golden Globe nominations and almost universally rave reviews. By the standards of the rhapsodically spare film and the bleak Annie Proulx story on which it is based, gay cowboys are so anomalous as to be characters out of myth. Yet there has always lurked a suspicion that the fastidious Eastern dude of Owen Wister's "The Virginian" harbored stronger than proper feelings for his rough Western compadres, and that the Red River crowd may have gotten up to more than yarning by the campfire whenever Joanne Dru was not around.
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Growing up in Colorado as the son of a pro bull rider, Luke Gilford spent his formative years around the rodeo. In , while visiting family near San Francisco, Gilford went to a Pride event, where a small division of the local queer rodeo association were represented. Facebook Twitter. It was founded in and has 16 member associations across the US and Canada.
There are angry steers, chute dogging, team roping, a barrel race and a flag race. There is even a descendant of Wyatt Earp. In the ring, men and women in denims and rhinestones are pitting their wits against broncos, while in the stands supporters cheer their hometown champion.