Rodeo coming back to Cowtown


Polish up your cowboy boots and get those Wranglers starched: The International Gay Rodeo Association is once again bringing its Finals Rodeo to Fort Worth, Oct. 16-19 in the John Justin Arena, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Bud Light is once again the signature sponsor for the rodeo.

The rodeo will include competition in calf roping, team roping, bull riding and other traditional rodeo events, along with other events unique to gay rodeo, like goat dressing and the wild drag race. Both men and women compete in each category, and cowboys and cowgirls have  been competing in rodeos around the U.S. and Canada all year to pile up enough points to earn a spot in the finals. Only the top 20 point-winners in each of the 13 events win a spot at the Finals Rodeo to compete for the titles of WGRF Champion and All-Around Champion.

The four-day Finals Rodeo also includes the culmination of the Mr., Ms. MsTer and Miss IGRA 2015 competition, beginning Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, and continuing Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, at the Hilton Arlington, 2401 E. Lamar Blvd. in Arlington. The new titleholders will be crowned Saturday night, with the ceremony folled by a “Hoe Down Party” with live music and dancing. Royalty contests and the hoe-down are free and open to the public.

The four-day event will also include food and merchandise booths and entertainment. Competition in the 13 events will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19. Doors open each day at 9 a.m. Admission is $15 a day or $20 for a weekend pass. Proceeds will benefit IGRA’s two charities for 2014: the National LGBT Cancer Network and the Gay and Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation


—  Tammye Nash

DIFF unveils first 10 films at festival, including one about gay rodeos

WADE_PRIDE_FLAGThe Dallas International Film Festival released the names of the first 10 films confirmed to show at the festival next month, and among them is one about gay rodeos. Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo chronicles a season with the IGRA from the start to the world finals.

Among the other films announced are Joe, from North Texas native David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express); Words and Pictures, the newest film from Australia director Fred Schepisi; Hellion, starring Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul; and the world premiere of Believe Me with Nick Offerman. There will also be a 30th anniversary screening of Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas at the Texas Theatre.

The festival takes place April 3–13. Tickets and more information available at

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

TGRA inducts three Dallas, Fort Worth chapter members into Hall of Fame

The Texas Gay Rodeo Association inducted two Dallas chapter members and a Fort Worth chapter member into the Hall of Fame recently, according to a Jan. 3 press release from the organization.

Dan Nagel and Mark Gurrola of Dallas and Gene Fraikes of Fort Worth received the honor as recognition for their years of participation and service to TGRA.

Nagel worked as TGRA Rodeo Director or assistant at six rodeos, the press release reported. He also was the Dallas chapter board president and state representative for several years. He was a rodeo director and committee member for the International Gay Rodeo Association World Gay Rodeo Finals for three years and is currently the international chair for the event.

Nagel also is a rodeo competitor and served a term as the state contestant representative for TGRA.

Gurrola has been rodeo director and has held various rodeo committee chairs in TGRA and IGRA, including sponsorship, program and other functions. He served on chapter and state boards as secretary and Dallas representative. Gurrola is currently the IGRA Trustee from TGRA and serves on the IGRA WGRF committees.

Fraikes is a longtime member who participated in the royalty program as a title holder and chair in TGRA and IGRA. He served in several officer positions, including chapter, TGRA and IGRA executive boards as vice president. He is a rodeo competitor and judge and has been involved in the TGRA and IGRA dance competitions and bylaw committees.

Mike Lee and Eddie Taylor Houston also were inducted in the Hall of Fame posthumously. They were from Houston.

Dan Nagel

Dan Nagel


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Mark Gurrola

Gene Fraikes

Gene Fraikes


—  Steve Ramos

Full list of World Gay Rodeo champions

Below are the champions from the 26th World Gay Rodeo Finals held in Fort Worth this past weekend:

—  John Wright

Scenes from the World Gay Rodeo Finals

Photos by Chuck Marcelo (Dallas Voice/

—  C Marcelo

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

First off, if you’re not already wearing purple today, go back home and put some on. Oct. 19 is Spirit Day, sponsored by GLAAD to draw awareness to bullying. (You can even turn your Facebook pic purple.)

Next, if you don’t already have tickets to see Madonna this weekend, good luck finding them …. though if you are going, we have a little primer for you about what to expect.

And for those who don’t have ’em and can’t afford the scalper prices anyway, this is the final weekend to see Hello Again at Uptown Players (pictured) and also Freud’s Last Session at Theatre 3.  Or you can just see a movie — and Keep the Lights On is definitely worth seeing.

For a little more interactive experience, the IGRA’s Gay Rodeo World Finals are in Fort Worth this weekend, with plenty of events and parties. While you’re in Cowtown, swing over to Bass Hall to catch Ben Stevenson’s staging of the ballet Peer Gynt. Or you come back to Dallas and  gorge yourself on Burgers & Burgundy, a fundraiser for DIFFA, on Friday night.

You can gorge yourself also on Sunday by coming to the Texas State Veggie Fair, held this year at Reverchon Park. In addition to the fried (vegan) food competition, there will be vegan food sellers and all sorts of vendors promoting a vegan lifestyle.

And the final thing to set aside time for this weekend: The Turtle Creek Chorale has its fall “Partners in Harmony” concert on Sunday at the Meyerson.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones