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The whole rodeo thing

 

Life on the gay rodeo circuit” (HCN, 3/18/19) brought back a memory: My wife and I were spending the night at the Fort Lauderdale Airport Hilton before flying home early the next day. As it happened, the Hilton was the host hotel for the big annual event of the Florida Gay Rodeo Association. As we were getting on the elevator with two other straight couples, one of the men, referring to the boot-and-hat crowd in the lobby, said, with very evident disdain in his voice, “You know what all THAT is, don’t you?” My reply: “Yes. But we used to live in Wyoming, so we’re really OK with the whole rodeo thing.”

Andrew Melnykovych
Louisville, Kentucky