Exploring the Hidden Gay History of the Wild West (Part I)

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“By bringing up the LGBT community and telling their stories in particularly the story of the American West, it’s on us to tell our stories because somebody else will they’ll just tell them wrong,” – Gregory Hinton

Writer and historian, Gregory Hinton’s background lies in the study of the hidden gay history of the West. Hinton grew up as a young gay man in Boulder, Colorado, but after a violently aggressive phone call from a religious neighbor, “evacuated” as he would say to Southern California. Hinton is back in Cody, Wyoming digging deeper into the history of gay rodeos, Buffalo Bill’s friendship with French artist Rosa Bonheur and author Oscar Wilde and continuing through his writings, films and art projects illuminating the contributions of the LGBT community in the history and culture of the America West.

Stay tuned for Part II of the interview to hear about his connection with the bloodied intertwined Brokeback Mountain shirts and his experience processing the 20th anniversary of Matthew Sheppard’s death.

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Podcast mentioned in this episode: UMFA Exhibits Disturbing View Western American History

Interviewer: Andrea Peterson

Guest: Gregory Hinton

Sound Recording/Editing: Andrea Kile Peterson