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2010 World Gay Rodeo Finals Honorees
OCR Transcript by Frank Harrell, March 24, 2013
Lorry King, Grand Marshal
Lorry King is a tireless straight "ally" of gay rodeo! Her love of western dance has motivated her to demonstrating excellence as an IGRA western dance competitor (winning lst place twice). She has committed her time and expertise to IGRA by teaching dance and by heading the dance committee. Many Rodeo Directors have leaned on Lorry for her exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail and Lorry has sacrificed thousands of hours of her time to attend as many rodeos as possible, assisting in any way possible at each but mainly as Assistant Rodeo Secretary. Lorry has served on both the Board of Trustees of!GRA and on the Executive Board and served as an instructor at IGRA-U several times. She is currently on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation. For all these reasons, Lorry embodies the volunteer spirit that is the basis of all that we do at IGRA.
Gregory Hinotn, Honorary Grand Marshal
A son of the rural Rocky Mountain West, Gregory Hinton is the creator of the Gay Rodeo Legacy Project which brought the archives of the International Gay Rodeo Association to the permanent rodeo collection of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles for which Gregory was awarded the IGRA 2009 President's Award. Gregory is also the creator and producer of Out West, a historic LGBT program series he created to shine a light on the positive contributions of the gay community to the history and culture of the American west. Gregory Hinton also serves on the Board of the Gay and Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation.
Kelly Mcfarlane Smith, Community Hero
Kelly McFarlane Smith began publishing Out Las Vegas magazine in January 1999. In June 2002, she bought the competing Las Vegas Bugle and combined them. Also in 2002, she founded the National Coming Out Day Street Festival. Since then, this annual October event has contributed thousands to local charities. In April 2004, she revamped the newsprint, tabloid-sized publication into a monthly, glossy magazine and changed the name to QVegas, and since then it has gone on to be one of the most successful regional gay magazines in the country. In 2005, Kelly started the QVegas Foundation, a 50l(c)(3) non-profit that has given over $75,000 to charitable causes in the Las Vegas area. QVegas and/or the QVegas Foundation has sponsored almost every LGBT community event over the years. Kelly is well-known and widely admired throughout southern Nevada, and we are honored to recognize her contributions to the community.