BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, A MILESTONE
The movie Brokeback Mountain, located in the Wyoming, by the director Ang Lee, is a milestone in the revised view that the American people represent the iconic figure of the traditional West Cowboy figure. Not that it implies that gay relationship was common between cowboys, but at least this kind of behavior was as spread as it is in the rest of American society.
More than that it could promote that the job of cowboy is such that men are between themselves far from home for a long period in the year and that could favor same sex relationship , as it can happen in the prisons, army or other groups where same sex people are together and far from the other sex representatives.
The film raised a lot of controversy, some like Sandy Dixon, Wyoming play writer who said she had never met a gay cowboy and that “real cowboys” would dismiss the film as hogwash. But a real gay rancher Tracy Lehman, 38, who was raised in a 6,000 -acre cattle ranch in eastern Washington, filling his days fixing fences and baling hay, returning twice a year to help his family during cattle drives, the hardscrabble of the world of Brokeback mountain was no Hollywood creation, but one that is alarmingly authentic.
“The movie shows that world very much the way it is,” affirms Lehman, who is gay, and who also spent many years living in the closet. “I’m from a ranching family and I thought the movie was awesome. It’s very true to life, showing how it is trying to hide and denying who you are. I know, I was married and I had four kids. I grew up not wanting people to know who I was, and not really understanding it. The film did a good job of telling emotionally what these characters are going through. You’re longing for that person that you really want to be with, but you can’t because you’re afraid of everything you might loose”.