Rodeo Star: Queering the American Cowboy Event Recap

Rodeo Star: Queering the American Cowboy Event Recap
Picture of cowboy hat-making activity at the event.

On Wednesday, November 8, the Women and Gender Studies Center hosted Rodeo Star: Queering the American Cowboy. The event was hosted in JC Room 240K at the Women and Gender Studies Center. The purpose of the event was to bring attention to the history of the American cowboy, specifically highlighting Queer and Black cowboy history. For more information, check out the event on Mason360: https://cglink.me/2d7/r2226411.  

During the event, participants made tiny cowboy hats out of air-dry clay and played trivia. Trivia questions included topics like cowboy demographics and history, Queer cowboys, and cowboy aesthetics in popular culture. Some specific points of discussion were the Yee-Haw Agenda, which aims to resurface the erasure of the Black cowboy from mainstream narratives and has been promoted by celebrities like Beyoncé, and the prevalence of homosexuality and gender nonconformity in the Old West in the late 19th century.  

The Women and Gender Studies Center is a great place to find books about topics within the women and gender studies discipline, and we provide a positive atmosphere for studying and relaxing between classes. Follow @mason_wgst on Instagram to stay up-to-date on Women and Gender Studies events like this one!