Time for Rodeo School! Calling all wannabe cowboys & cowgirls

So what’s a rodeo school? A rodeo school is a play-day event that’s dedicated to learning how to perform the events in a gay rodeo. At a gay rodeo, you’ll find traditional rodeo events such as barrel racing, bull riding, and calf roping. Gay rodeos also add in some fun crowd-pleasing camp events that even those who don’t know how to ride a horse or have never been around livestock can do. The three added camp events that you’ll find at a gay rodeo are goat dressing (a team relay race to put underwear on a goat), steer decorating (a […]

Out Country Singer to perform at Keystone Rodeo Fundraiser

The Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) will hold “Rockin’ It Country Style: A Benefit” on Saturday, August 18th at Eyler’s Stables in Thurmont, MD. The concert and show will feature upcoming Country Artist Donnie Lee Strickland, as well as the KSGRA Royalty Court. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with charming Strickland to discuss his upcoming performance, his career as an out-country singer, and how music is in his DNA. “I fell in love with country music at an early age,” Strickland began. “I started singing in church when I was about five years-old. I was raised Southern Baptist in North […]

Introducing the Rodeo’s Grand Marshal: Jennifer Vrana

When the second annual Keystone State Charity Rodeo takes place later this month (June 22nd to 24th) Grand Marshal Jennifer Vrana will ride into the arena. Flanked by fellow rodeo riders Cindy Brendle (heralding the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association [ASGRA] flag), Mark Zwiers (heralding the Liberty Gay Rodeo [LGRA] flag), and President Adam Romanik (heralding the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association [KSGRA] flag), Vrana’s entrance will signify the culmination of her decades-long dedication to gay rodeo. “I was absolutely shocked when I was asked [to be Grand Marshal],” began Vrana. “I don’t feel that I’ve done anything different than […]

Hang on to Your Hat! The rodeo rides into town June 22nd to 24th

The second annual Keystone State Charity Rodeo rides into Diamond 7 Arena, Dillsburg Pennsylvania from June 22nd to 24th and is an all-inclusive family-friendly unique rodeo experience and community event. Men, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and their straight allies will be competing equally in all rodeo events. During the rodeo weekend there will be a junior rodeo on Friday night for youth participants ages 12 to 18; an IGRA (International Gay Rodeo Association) sanctioned rodeo each day both Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 am; vendors, events, and activities for kids; and line dance lessons and a country […]

J. Kelly Poorman: Writer with a Western Heart Novelist finds his home on the range

  Writer J. Kelly Poorman has been a member of the gay rodeo circuit since the early 1980s. Having celebrated his 130th rodeo last year with Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Poorman to discuss his rodeo career, his work, and what gay rodeo means to him. Growing up near State College, Pennsylvania, Poorman joined the military and served for eight years. Upon leaving the military, Poorman traveled all over before eventually moving to Los Angeles. It was while there that Poorman began his foray into gay rodeo. “I dated this guy […]

Gay Rodeo Features Unique Events

  Anyone who’s ever attended a rodeo knows to expect seeing some of their favorite events, including barrel racing, calf roping, bronc riding, and of course the all-time favorite bull riding. The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) rodeo circuit includes all of those events and a few unique extras. The IGRA was founded in the late 1970s as a fundraiser for those who were affected by HIV/AIDS and could not openly compete in their local hometown traditional rodeos. Along with being a fundraiser for charity, several rodeo events were added for those that have a desire to compete, but don’t […]

The Royal Court Has Been Crowned!

The Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) brought out the glitz, glamour, and rhinestone spurs at the KSGRA Royalty competition at Harrisburg’s 704 Lounge on Saturday, February 24th. Baltimore OUTloud chatted exclusively with the royalty court to discuss their recent titles and their goals for their upcoming reign. “I’m extremely honored to be named Ms. KSGRA!” exclaimed Jennifer Vrana, the newly crowned Ms. KSGRA 2018. “I’ve been around the rodeo circuit for over 25 years, and I have a dual platform. One of my goals is to bring people back to the rodeo who have moved away from it. I […]

Save the Date for the KSGRA Rodeo Ball!

Fancy a Rodeo Ball? Maybe you didn’t know you did! On Saturday, March 24th, the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) will be throwing its first one. “This is something new that KSGRA has come up to help renew the interest in our rodeo,” says president Adam Romanik. “Last June we had the first rodeo right here in Harrisburg so kicking off the 2018 season with a ball just seemed right.” This semi-formal / cowboy formal event will be held at the I.W. Able Banquet Hall (200 Gibson Street, Steelton, Pennsylvania). The evening will kick off with a cocktail hour […]

Affairs of the Heart at the Rodeo

Chance meetings of the heart are a rare thing, and even more in unexpected places. However, that is exactly how the meeting of rodeo couple Jan Stange and Denise Reinhart-Stange took place. The couple chatted exclusively with Baltimore OUTloud to share how they met, their passion for the rodeo and how love can overcome anything that ails the heart. “I’d never been to a gay rodeo,” began Denise. “I went with a friend of mine, Todd Tramp, to the Oklahoma City rodeo in 2011. It was Memorial Day Weekend and I met Jan on that Friday night, and we’ve been […]