Steve Barnes, reporting for Reuters,
pairs the recent International Gay Rodeo Association rodeo in Little Rock with the state's official push — from governor on down — for legal discrimination against gay people. The article does mention some civic departures from the state's discriminatory course.
But mostly it's about the rodeo, including a photo of a lusty kiss between married cowboys.
On a clear Arkansas spring afternoon after a day of horse riding, Wade Earp sighed and said, “I wish we didn’t have to have a gay rodeo. I wish we could just rodeo.”
Earp was a contestant at the International Gay Rodeo event held last month in Arkansas, a Bible Belt state on the front lines of the fight over gay rights and one of the 13 U.S. states where same-sex marriage is not recognized.
“Everybody deserves equal treatment. Everybody deserves equal rights,” said Earp, 45, a native of Benton, Arkansas, where he was raised in a fundamentalist Christian denomination, and a competitor in barrel racing, calf roping and steer riding.
The idea of a gay rodeo in Arkansas was so novel it drew a Florida blog post
with other tongue-in-cheek ideas suggested by the happening — the Gaytona 500; Project Runway Alabama (with designer overalls), a KKKLGBT Tea Dance in Mississippi,a gay bass fishing tourney in South Carolina, and so on.