At his first — and last — college rodeo practice, Chris Sherman’s collegiate roping team discovered his sexual orientation. After that, he couldn’t find a roping partner, lost his scholarship and dropped out of school. Sherman’s story is just one of many. Some gay cowboys have endured intolerance that has led to suicide attempts. At the International Gay Rodeo Association, however, the old West meets the new, providing everyone an opportunity to compete in the challenging sport and do so in a supportive, courageous community. Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo follows a year in the lives of extraordinary cowboys and cowgirls as they follow their dreams, no matter how wild or daunting.