Calgary: Tough Place to be Gay
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Homo on the Range, where the Deer and the Antelope play seems to be a problem for this Oil and Cowboy town.
A Gay presence is visible and seems to be viable as "June is Gay month" in Calgary, with a Film Fest, Rodeo and other festivities planned in this cowboy town.
Though Cowboys fight tooth and nail to keep Calgary Hetro, slowly they are coming around and perhaps are more accepting once finding out , Yes, there are Gay Cowboys and Gay Oil Sands Workers, So, may as well "Get Used to IT!"
Tough place to be gay
UPDATED: 2008-06-13 00:38:28 MST
By BILL KAUFMANN
As surely as it's monsoon season, June is effectively homosexual month in Calgary.
From a queer film fest to a rainbow parade and northwest rodeo, it's their coming-out time.
Or so it's supposed to be, but in Calgary, it's still like swimming against a powerful current and tempting fate.
In his 31/2 decades here, Calgary native Steve Polyak has seen his city grow exponentially and attitudes towards homosexuals mellow -- frustratingly slowly.
Polyak, who says he knew he was gay since his junior high school days, has followed the evolution of the city's social attitudes through the prism of a homosexual website and monthly magazine he co-owns with longtime partner Rob.
The publication -- Gay Calgary -- has done well enough but it's been a noticeably tough slog in a city Polyak insists still deserves its redneck tag.