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Beyond Brokeback: "Out" West

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Performer Ryan Harrison was also the principal singer on the CD. Attendee Bruce Winslow, Ph.D., was captivated with the jewel-like qualities of Harrison's voice, saying it "sounded like rubies on glass."

Marlene Head, Lydia Nibley, and Michael Butler Murray also sang, and Murray provided guitar accompaniment as well.

The Autry National Center was formed in 2003 by the merger of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Women of the West Museum. It is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West.

The Autry National Center is the first major American museum to recognize the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to the American West.


See the related OEN article, MEET ME ON THE MOUNTAIN: Brokeback Inspires Composer Shawn Kirchner - A Music Review at click here


Singer Ryan Harrison also has his own CD, "It's True."   Preview songs at

The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon, ed. by William R. Handley ( )

Brokeback Mountain Sears Its Brand Into the American West by Tom Gregory. (Includes video.),b=facebook Accessed 12/12/10.

John Trudell's YouTube video of the press event:

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
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