Gay rodeo draws cowboys, drag queens to Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Dozens of cowboys and cowgirls are competing in the World Gay Rodeo Finals this weekend after riding bulls, roping calves and dressing goats in Las Vegas.

More than 70 people from across the U.S. participated in Sin City's gay rodeo last month. The International Gay Rodeo Association circuit is now in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the finals.

Chris Tobin of Denver participated in various events at the Las Vegas rodeo, including bull and steer riding. He says he wasn't raised a cowboy, but participating in rodeos has become his passion after he discovered the sport three years ago.

Under association rules, men and women can participate in all events, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Circuit events feature typical rodeo events as well as nontraditional ones such as goat dressing, where contestants try to slip a pair of briefs on a goat.

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