Monday, January 9, 2006

Author Confirms Accuracy Of ‘Brokeback Mountain’

LOS ANGELES – It’s hard to imagine John Wayne smooching a fellow wrangler, but one Montana-raised author confirms that cowboy love was common.

In the wake of the film Brokeback Mountain, gay writer and activist Patricia Nell Warren says she’s read claims that there was no such thing as a gay cowboy.

She says, “All you have to do is go to the gay rodeo circuit and talk to the older guys.”

Warren explains back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the cowboys tended to be bachelors, lived in bunkhouses, and most likely were “lonely and looking for love.”

She also points to some of the old-time cowboy songs she grew up hearing which mention “partners” and “a handsome young cowboy who dies.”

Warren admits they’re not blatant love songs, but that you can certainly read between the lines.

The author says there’s an “overall accuracy” to Brokeback Mountain and feels the film’s box office success might actually help her get her book The Front Runner (Wildcat Press) – about “a very open relationship between an athlete and a coach” – made into film.

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