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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pride in the Saddle Starts in Nevada: The Story of Gay Rodeo at the Clark County Library

Whether its the boom and bust cycle of mining, mobsters or any other mayhem, you have to admit Nevada is home to a lot of amazing and unique history. In addition to this history our state also has a very rich cowboy history. Just attend the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko to see that history at its best. But what is not widely known a lot about is Nevada's gay rodeo history. 

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library has teamed up with the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association to present the talk Pride in the Saddle Starts in Nevada: The Story of Gay Rodeo, part of the libraries acclaimed Out West series. 

Here is some further information about the event - 

Join Las Vegas rodeo producer, past NGRA president and current IGRA Archives committee chair Brian Rogers on a journey down the trail of gay rodeo in Nevada and beyond. His talk will be accompanied by an exhibition of original rodeo posters, programs and rule books from early Nevada Gay Rodeo. Rogers is joined by www.GayRodeoHistory.org website founder Frank Harrell who will demonstrate the depth and breadth of historical information, images and artifacts available online. A slide show of vintage gay rodeo photographs by champion bull rider Blake Little will also be shown.

“As the proud home of National Finals Rodeo, many Las Vegas rodeo fans may be surprised to learn that gay rodeo has been in existence for over thirty-five years, and got its start in Reno,” said Gregory Hinton, producer of the Out West series. “The International Gay Rodeo Association currently claims 28 member associations in the United States and Canada, with 5,000 members and fifty thousand annual attendees. Thank you, Nevada!”

The Out West at the Library series is generously sponsored by Las Vegas–Clark County Library District, HBO, the David Bohnett Foundation, Gill Foundation, Las Vegas–Clark County Library District Foundation, and the Gay & Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation (www.glrhf.org).

The Jewel Box Theater
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Saturday, May 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
The event is free and open to the public

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