These Forgotten LGBT Icons From The Wild West Cast New Light On The Era

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Swinging saloon doors. Boots clacking on a hardwood floor. Guns smoking after an intense duel. We often think of the Wild West this way – lawless, dangerous, and exciting. But what’s not so well reflected in pop films and literature is that the Wild West had a sizeable LGBT community, too. And surprisingly, many of these people lived out their lives more openly than their fellow Americans in the east.

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You see, a scholar has dug up evidence that the Wild West set the scene for gender-non-conformists to live as themselves. And it wasn’t just a handful of people living this way, either – indeed, records have documented “hundreds.” Even more suprisingly, according to the historian, is that homosexuality amongst cowboys did little to offend anyone, either.

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