They are the largest group coordinating rodeo events specifically welcoming lesbian , gay , bisexual , transgender LGBT as well as heterosexual participants and spectators. IGRA is composed of many regional gay rodeo associations, and sanctions a season of rodeo events which culminates in an annual World Gay Rodeo Finals. IGRA events are intended to allow all competitors, regardless of sexual and gender identity , to compete in rodeo sports without discrimination. The organization helps spread appreciation for Western culture and the sport of rodeo, while serving as a fundraising vehicle benefiting many charitable organizations. Competitors compete for prize money and the title of All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl at each rodeo.
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Program Home Author Index. Justin Salgado , Texas Tech University. Juxtaposing the American cowboy with the competitive nature of sport, American rodeos serve as a stage for people in the United States to showcase their talents regarding ranching and livestock events. Since the nineteenth century, rodeos across America help perpetuate the stereotype of the American cowboy: masculine, adventurous, plaid-wearing, and pointedly straight. However, with the rise of the Gay Liberation Movement in the late twentieth century, coupled with the increasing rates of homophobia against queer rodeo participants, a new form of freedom of expression hit the arena in the form of gay rodeos in Indeed, following the grassroots nature that promoted the creation of rodeos among the American west, gay rodeos maintain the grassroot nature of the sport while advocating for the free and safe expression of queer gender and sexual identities. Even so, the gay rodeo participants maintained the American cowboy stereotype while promoting equality and inclusivity.
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By Rachel Williams. Two men emerge from the shadows of a horse barn. The taller of the two is wearing, among other things, Liza Minnelli-esque false eyelashes and earrings the size of door knobs. She owns this animal-saturated ranch in bucolic Aubrey, Texas. A dozen or so cowboys have congregated to practice at the onsite arena.
For many gay men, the cowboy is something of a fantasy figure: a classic yet enduring American icon of traditional masculinity. For others, the idea of putting on a cowboy hat, wild rag, and boots may just be an idea for a cute Halloween costume. But for many in the LGBTQ community, the country western lifestyle is not a fantasy but rather a reality. It may even be a surprise for many to learn that there is indeed a vast and thriving gay rodeo community, bonded by their love of horses and of the great outdoors. The community may be spread out from coast to coast, but it is indeed a tight-knit family: Many men and women travel throughout the country from one event to another-- to network, make new friends, compete, or just watch the high-spirited action from the stands.