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


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


Gordon Fiedor, Los Angeles, California, 1989


Jerry Hubbard, Burbank, California, 1989


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


Brian Cornell and Alberto Rulloda, Hayward, California, 1989


Roping Practice, Scott Terry, Phoenix, Arizona, 1989


Steer Riding, Blake Little, Phoenix, Arizona, 1989


Bull Riders, Los Angeles, California, 1989


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

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