Known as tough hombres, rodeo riders risk life and limbs on the back of bucking broncos and raging bulls. But Josh Goyne, otherwise the ‘gay cowboy’, claims some rodeo riders are bullies.
In the years since this article was published, Goyne has made innumerable claims of bullying and other discrimination against members of the LGBTIQ+ communities.
Never one to take a backwards step, Goyne recently claims he got straight back into the saddle after yet another homophobic tirade – something he claims he encounters every day on the rodeo circuit.
Claims of death threats
In a video clip posted online, Josh claims another rodeo rider attacked him for his identity as an openly gay cowboy.
“They think they’re going to silence me …not a chance in hell.
“They think they’re going to stop me from riding in this weekend’s rodeo, but there’s no chance in hell.
“I will proudly stand up to any homophobe, and say right to their face, that I’m a proud, openly gay cowboy.
“It doesn’t make you any less of a person, nor a cowboy.”
Josh further claimed someone asked it he thought it was good that gays died of AIDS.
“He also said he wished it was 1850 so he could go and shoot me for being a faggot.
“The gay cowboy will never be silenced. I will forever be a proud, openly gay cowboy. I will happily give a voice to those that are too scared to speak up and be who they are.
“And I will always be out and proud.”
In December last year, Josh Goyne claimed he finished a 2500km Tour de Stroke bike ride down the Queensland coast.