From Gwendolyn Dean on Facebook, a link to this photo, now re-posted all over the place:
There’s some question about whether this is Photoshopped, but the t-shirt is certainly real, offered on a number of sites, in an assortment of sizes and colors — including on the Jake Watch Online Store, which sells all things Jake Gyllenhaal.
In any case, another contribution for Pride Month.
And yes, there have been gay cowboys for a long time. Since 1985, organized gay cowboys (“We are Gay Rodeo Breaking Stereotypes”):
The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), founded in 1985, 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. (link)
(There are local associations all over — locally, the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association – Bay Area Chapter.)
Jake Gyllenhaal (his website here, the Wikipedia page here) comes into this through the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, in which his character, Jack Twist, works as a rodeo rider for part of the film, and in which Jack and Heath Ledger’s character, Ennis Del Mar, have a love affair stretching over many years. (See my posting on “Taste Y”, here.)
If you’re into shirtless Jake (mostly smiling), there are lots of images around, for instance this pairing:
And then there’s a montage of Jack and Ennis being passionate:
Lots of whoops for gay cowboys!