An unsung aspect of the larger lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, the International Gay Rodeo Association is a staple within understandings of both the old and new west. Among other things, the organization seeks to "promote, in a positive way, the LGBTQ country western lifestyle" and support "amateur sportsmanship through participation, competition and recognition."
Now, a new film is in production that will provide visibility to the International Gay Rodeo Association and the valuable work of members of this community to fight misconceptions about LGBT individuals. Called "Queens And Cowboys: A Straight Year At The Gay Rodeo," the film is shot and directed by Matt Livadary, a straight and city-raised filmmaker, and is currently engaged in an Indiegogo campaign to fully fund the project.
"['Queens And Cowboys'] chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association," Livadary explains on the Indiegogo campaign. "Roping and riding in 15 rodeos across North America that year, the IGRA's courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals in October. And along the way, they'll bust every stereotype in the book."
Check out the trailer above to learn more about the project, or visit the Indiegogo campaign to help make "Queens And Cowboys" a reality.