Out West at the Autry
Out West at the Autry is an ongoing series of public programs that explores the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to Western American history by bringing together scholars, authors, artists, politicians, musicians, and others for gallery discussions, performances, and screenings.
Conceived by independent curator Gregory Hinton in 2009, Out West at the Autry was inspired by the Autry’s installation of the iconic shirts worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the film Brokeback Mountain, on loan from collector Tom Gregory, as well as the permanent inclusion of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) archives in the Autry Library (both facilitated by Hinton). In addition to the Autry, Out West programming is now offered in ten other states.
"With 'Hidden Histories' [an Out West at the Autry program], the Autry National Center weaves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community into the rich tapestry of the American West,” said [former] GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “It is so important for Americans to hear stories that reflect the diversity of the LGBT community and our presence throughout our nation’s great history. GLAAD is proud to endorse Out West at the Autry."
The Out West at the Autry series is sponsored by WELLS FARGO.
The Out West series is sponsored nationally by Tom Gregory, HBO, the David Bohnett Foundation, the Gill Foundation, and the Gay and Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation.