International Gay Rodeo Association

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Grand Entry at the Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo, put on by the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association in 2005
Bull rider at the 2007 Atlantic Stampede, put on by the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association

The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), founded in 1985,[1] is the sanctioning body for gay rodeos held throughout the United States and Canada. They are the largest group coordinating rodeo events specifically welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) as well as heterosexual participants and spectators. IGRA is composed of many regional gay rodeo associations, and sanctions a season of rodeo events which culminates in an annual World Gay Rodeo Finals. IGRA events are intended to allow all competitors, regardless of sexual and gender identity, to compete in rodeo sports without discrimination. The organization helps spread appreciation for Western culture and the sport of rodeo, while serving as a fundraising vehicle benefiting many charitable organizations.[2]

Competitors compete for prize money and the title of All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl at each rodeo. The winners of each event receive trophy buckles designed by the hosting association. At season's end the contestants with the highest points in each event receive invitations to the World Gay Rodeo Finals presented by IGRA. The event was renamed in 2009 from the previous "International Gay Rodeo Finals" moniker it held from its onset in Hayward, California.

The original intent of these rodeos was and still remains fundraising. The money raised at the rodeo is donated to the designated charities of each association. While highly competitive and structured, rodeos still serve the primary purpose of being fundraisers. In total IGRA and all the associated associations have donated much money in furthering the individual causes of all charities that are benefactors of rodeo funds.

In 2010, the IGRA archives dating from 1975 were deposited in the library collection of the Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, which also houses the Museum of the American West.[3][4]

History[edit]

The first gay rodeo was held as a charity fundraising event at the Washoe County Fairgrounds in Reno, Nevada on October 2, 1976.[5] The organizer, Phil Ragsdale, a member of the Imperial Court System, was the Court Emperor of Reno. In time, he came to be regarded as the "Father of Gay Rodeo."

Ragsdale came up with the idea of a holding a rodeo to raise money for the local Thanksgiving Day food drive for senior citizens. Over 125 people took part in the first rodeo, and the winners were crowned King of the Cowboys, Queen of the Cowgirls, and Miss Dusty Spurs (drag queen).[5] The National Reno Gay Rodeo title was officially created in 1977, when he founded the Comstock Gay Rodeo Association. Following the Imperial courts lead Ragsdale added the "Mr., Ms., and Miss National Reno Gay Rodeo" titles to aid in the fund raising that was to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. These titles still exist today but have been recognized as Mr., Ms., Miss., and MsTer International Gay Rodeo Association since the IGRA replaced the old National Reno format.

By 1984, the ninth and final National Reno Gay Rodeo brought out over 10,000 people to the rodeo grounds. The demise of the National Reno Rodeos is credited by the IRS as a dispute between the Gay Rodeo and the Washoe County Fairgrounds and the Sands Hotel. The rodeo books were also alleged to have been seized by the IRS.

History has recorded 14 gay rodeos (9 Reno rodeos, 3 Colorado rodeos, 1 Texas rodeo, and 1 California rodeo) prior to the formation of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). The IGRA became truly international in 1993 when the Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association from Canada joined.

In September 1985 with 10 years of rodeo history behind it, groups of men gathered in Denver, Colorado to formulate the history of Gay Rodeo. The five founding states of the International Gay Rodeo Association were Colorado, Texas, California, and Arizona. These four associations seated the Oklahoma Gay Rodeo Association at its first convention held in the same year. The new Association elected Wayne Jakino from Colorado as its first President.

In 1987, IGRA’s first International Finals Rodeo was held in Hayward, California. The name was changed to the World Gay Rodeo Finals in 2009.

Conventions, Presidents, and Royalty[edit]

A list of presidents and royalty elected at annual conventions since IGRA was founded in 1985:[6]

Year / Rodeos HeldConventionPresidentMr. IGRAMs. IGRAMiss IGRA (drag queen)MsTer IGRA (drag king)Finals RodeoGrand Marshals
1985DenverWayne Jakino, CGRA----------
1986 / 5DenverWayne JakinoGary Oliver, CGRAJeannie Nelson, CGRAFritz Capone (Jim Freeman), OGRA------
1987 / 6AlbuquerqueLes Krambeal, OGRATony Lazano, TGRADee Godwin, OGRAMisty Michaels (Steve Rogers), KGRA--San FranciscoShanti Project
1988 / 7Fort WorthLes Krambeal--------Reno (see note below)Lynn Copeland & Wayne Jakino
1989 / 7AlbuquerqueGerald Ford, TGRAJerry Hubbard, GSGRAConnie Clovis, KGRAMagnolia Spirits (Buddy Sojourner), CGRA--PhoenixEd Buck
1990 / 7WichitaLinn Copeland, KGRALarry Brumley, OGRALaura O'Neill, CGRAMoosala (Mark Church), AGRA--PhoenixKatie Southwick
1991 / 10AlbuquerqueBob Pimentel, NMGRAScott Burleson, MGRALinda Sullo, GSGRAHollie Woods (David Anaya), AGRA--WichitaThe Names Project
1992 / 13St. PaulBob PimentelJim Carter, OGRARC Cuellar, CGRARoxie Heart (John Kingston), KGRA--PhoenixWayne Jakino
1993 / 16BillingsRoger Bergmann, GSGRARon Neff, CGRADee Zuspann, KGRAChili Pepper (Tony Valdez), TGRA--Fort WorthGerald Ford
1994 / 21Little RockRoger BergmannJ.R. Duran, NMGRAJoanne Bawiec, ASGRAMiss Tessie (Tim Smith), SEGRA--DenverGreg Olson
1995 / 22ChicagoRoger BergmannMark Burdine, NMGRADesiree Gronwald, CGRADeShannon (Mitch Gill), TGRA--DenverRoger Bergmann
1996 / 20OmahaTom Vance, NSGRAMichael Vrooman, CGRAShugar Vigil, NMGRANaomi La'Rell (Quentin Sims), CGRA--AlbuquerqueConnie Lee
1997 / 18Salt Lake CityTom VanceTommy Channel, CGRASherry Reedy, AGRATori Hart (Rohn Roldan), CGRA--PhoenixTom Vance
1998 / 20BaltimoreLinda Frazier, KGRAKurt McGregor, AGRATamara Marks, MIGRABeverly DeMarco (Anthony D.), NMGRA--PhoenixGlenn Gore
1999 / 19Long BeachLinda FrazierDouglas Graff, GSGRALaura Scott, NGRADeShannon (Mitch Gill), NGRA--Little RockRon Trusley
2000 / 17Las VegasCraig Allen Rouse, GSGRADaniel Lusk, ASGRALonni LaBel, ASGRAHarley Quinn (Michael Vrooman), ILGRA--AlbuquerqueThom Sloan
2001 / 17Long BeachCraig Allen RouseMichael Cunningham, ILGRAErin Leavey, SEGRAVictoria London (Scott Tickler), AGRA--Palm SpringsJose Sarria, aka "The Widow Norton"
2002 / 19ClevelandCraig Allen RouseMark Larson, NSGRALize MacDonald, NGRABianca St John (Kenny Cunitz), CGRA--WichitaFritz Capone
2003 / 19PhoenixCraig Allen RouseDavid Westman, CGRAMary Munger, CGRAJada McRae (Jay Carlson), ILGRA--TulsaPatrick Terry
2004 / 20DenverCraig Allen RouseEric Hanson, GSGRAJulie Brown, DSRAMandy Barbarell (Andrew Goodman), MGRA--OmahaTamara Marks
2005 / 20CalgaryBrian Helander, AGRAKen Pool, CGRAGaylia Young, AGRAPussy LeHoot (Kevin McSweeny), AGRA--DallasJames Ramey
2006 / 20NashvilleBrian HelanderSteve Wollert, GSGRAKimberley Kay, CGRAJymmye Jaymes (James Young), ASGRA--RenoKeith Ann, Mitch Gill
2007 / 18Kansas CityBrian HelanderClyde Mitter, CGRA--Destiny B. Childs (Ric Legg), ASGRA--DenverWayne Jakino
2008 / 20New OrleansBrian HelanderGary Rushton, AGRA--Janet Jenkins, CGRA--DenverJohn King
2009 / 16TorontoBrian HelanderWade Earp, TGRASharon Starks, AGRAAspen Vail, (Steve Sublett) CGRARocket Coxx, (Jamie Light) CGRAAlbuquerqueLorrie Murphy
2010 / 17RenoBrian HelanderRoger Courtemanche, CGRA--Ionna Doublewide, AGRA--Laughlin, NV

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2011 / 15San DiegoDoug Graff, NGRAMichael Butts, AGRASharon Starks, AGRAKimberli Foxx, NGRA--Fort Worth--
2012 / 15Las VegasDoug Graff, NGRARodd Smunk, TGRAKami Bowles, MGRAVictoria Weston, TGRAShane Lee, MGRAFort Worth--
2013 / 14San DiegoEd Barry, ILGRAFrank Thompson, OGRA--Sabel D’Zyre, NGRA--Fort Worth--
2014 / 14DenverEd Barry, ILGRAJeff Germany, OGRAPauline Chavez, CGRAKatrina Davenport, NGRARocki Heffa, TGRAFort Worth--

Royalty Team[edit]

Like all traditional rodeos, IGRA rodeos also sponsor an annual royalty competition to determine the twelve individuals who will comprise the IGRA Royalty Team. Each fall the various associations send either their state winners or their first runners-up to compete for the Mr., Ms., Miss, and Mster International Gay Rodeo Association sashes.

The five areas of competition are:

State and Regional rodeo associations[edit]

Current associations[edit]

Rodeos under the IGRA umbrella are organized into four divisions (see map here [7]) and more than two dozen regional associations:

  • includes the state of Arizona except for the southeastern counties covered by SGRA (see below)
  • includes Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan
  • includes Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and metropolitan New York City
  • includes St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County, and Lincoln County
  • includes Washoe County
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Northhampton, Lancaster, Berks, York, Lebanon, and Dauphin counties
  • includes the state of Missouri other than those counties covered by GWGRA (see above)
  • includes the state of Nevada other than Washoe County, covered by HSGRA (see above)
  • includes Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • includes western Oklahoma
  • includes Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
  • includes the Sacramento area of California
  • includes Kentucky and Tennessee
  • includes southeastern Arizona counties of Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham, and Greenlee
  • includes the northeastern Oklahoma counties of Kay, Osage, Pawnee, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Ottawa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Adair, Cherokee, Wagoner, Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee, Muskogee, Sequoyah, Okfuskee, Hughes, Pittsburg, Haskell, Le Flore, Latimer, and McIntosh

Defunct associations[edit]

The following rodeo associations were once affiliated with IGRA but became inactive, and dissolved or reorganized:[43][44]

Competitions[edit]

Rules[edit]

Most associations host at least one annual rodeo. All associations must follow the rules of conduct as outlined in the IGRA Rodeo Rule Book, the first edition of which was published in 1985.[45] These rules are often updated and ratified at season's end when delegates from each association gather at the IGRA annual convention. The purpose of the convention is to elect new officers, create new rules and bylaws, and seat new associations.

Each of the thirteen events has a set of rules that must be followed in order for contestants to score points and to qualify for the year end finals. Unlike in traditional rodeos, contestants are allowed to compete in all events regardless of sex. Buckles are awarded to the top male and female competitors in each event, as well as buckles for Rookie of the Year and for All-Around Cowboy and All-Around Cowgirl.

Rough Stock Events[edit]

  1. Bull riding
  2. Steer riding
  3. Chute Dogging or Steer wrestling
  4. Bareback bronc riding (this is an optional event)

Roping Events[edit]

  1. Calf roping on Foot
  2. Mounted Breakaway roping
  3. Team roping

Speed Events[edit]

  1. Barrel racing
  2. Pole bending
  3. Flag Racing

Camp Events[edit]

  1. Wild Drag Race
  2. Goat Dressing
  3. Steer Decorating

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pimentel, Bob. "The History of Gay Rodeo," Out in All Directions: The Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America, Warner Books, 1995. ISBN 0-446-51822-0
  2. ^ "About Us," International Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 3 July 2011[dead link]
  3. ^ "Autry Libraries awarded NHPRC grant," Autry Libraries Blog, accessed 3 July 2011
  4. ^ Hinton, Gregory. "Better Two than One: The Shirts from Brokeback Mountain," pp. 118-122 in The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon, ed. William R. Handley: Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 2011 ISBN 978-0-8032-2664-7
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  6. ^ "Past Officers and Royalty," International Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 7 July 2011[dead link]
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Arizona Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 3 July 2011[dead link]
  9. ^ Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 3 July 2011
  10. ^ Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 3 July 2011
  11. ^ Canada Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 3 July 2011[dead link]
  12. ^ Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  13. ^ Diamond State Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  14. ^ Florida Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  15. ^ Gateway Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011[dead link]
  16. ^ a b Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  17. ^ Bay Area Chapter, Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  18. ^ Greater Palm Springs Chapter, Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  19. ^ Greater San Diego Chapter, Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  20. ^ High Sierra Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  21. ^ Iowa Gay Rodeo Association Facebook page
  22. ^ Illinois Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  23. ^ Kansas Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  24. ^ Liberty Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  25. ^ Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  26. ^ Missouri Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  27. ^ Nevada Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011[dead link]
  28. ^ New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  29. ^ North Star Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  30. ^ Oklahoma Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  31. ^ Pacific Northwest Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  32. ^ Red River Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  33. ^ Sacramento's Capital Crossroads Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 6 July 2011
  34. ^ Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association, accessed 7 July 2011
  35. ^ Sonoran Rodeo Association, accessed 7 July 2011
  36. ^ Sooner State Rodeo Association, accessed 7 July 2011
  37. ^ Texas Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 7 July 2011
  38. ^ Austin Chapter, TGRA, accessed 7 July 2011[dead link]
  39. ^ Dallas Chapter, TGRA, accessed 7 July 2011
  40. ^ Fort Worth Chapter, TGRA, accessed 7 July 2011[dead link]
  41. ^ Houston Chapter, TGRA, accessed 7 July 2011[dead link]
  42. ^ San Antonio Chapter, TGRA, accessed 7 July 2011[dead link]
  43. ^ "Historical Overview," High Sierra Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011[dead link]
  44. ^ "Time Line of Interesting Gay Rodeo Facts," International Gay Rodeo Association, accessed 4 July 2011
  45. ^ IGRA Rodeo Rule Book, 1985, accessed 7 July 2011

External links[edit]

Articles and interviews: