Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis Opens Exhibit on Gay Rodeos

Blake Little Rodeo Partners Gene Hubert and Rick Ferreira, Sun Valley, California, 1991 Image courtesy of Blake Little

Blake Little
Rodeo Partners Gene Hubert and Rick Ferreira, Sun Valley, California, 1991
Image courtesy of Blake Little

Time to debunk stereotypical notions of what makes a cowboy. At the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, a new exhibit Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo tells, for the first time ever, the story of the cowboys and cowgirls that make up the gay rodeo circuit. The exhibit showcases 41 black-and-white photos by Los Angeles photographer Blake Little. The Seattle native has been photographing those in the circuit since 1988, first as an onlooker and then as a participant—offering an insight into this unique segment of the LGBT population. “The whole scene watching it—imagining that these guys were really doing this, and that they were gay!” Little said when asked what first sparked his interest in gay rodeos.

Check out the exhibit through July 13.

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