In the wake of the film Brokeback Mountain, gay writer and activist Patricia Nell Warren says shes 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 theyre not blatant love songs, but that you can certainly read between the lines.
The author says theres an overall accuracy to Brokeback Mountain and feels the films 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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