Gay rodeo riders show their pride

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- There was no shortage of bone-crunching moments this weekend at the Sierra Stampede, the eighth annual gay rodeo in Rio Linda.

Angry bulls show no mercy, whatever your orientation.

A record crowd turned out for the event, which has been sanctioned by the International Gay Rodeo Association, meaning winners could qualify for national finals in Denver in October.

Gay rodeos have been a growing tradition since the early 1980s, organizers said, aspiring to preserve Western heritage while promoting a positive image of the gay community and raising money for charity.

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