Photographer Blake Little documented life at gay rodeos in the 1980s and 1990s. His photographs are on display at the University of Oregon. 

Photographer Blake Little documented life at gay rodeos in the 1980s and 1990s. His photographs are on display at the University of Oregon. 

Courtesy of Blake Little

 

  

  • After Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared addiction a public health crisis in the state in 2018, cities and counties are following suit. We talk with Mike Marshall, executive director of Oregon Recovers, and Reginald Richardson, the executive director of the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, about the declarations and the state’s efforts to combat addiction.

 

  

  • Three years ago, Larnell and Natasha Bruce’s son, Larnell Bruce Jr., was killed by a white supremacist in Portland. The Bruces have since advocated for stronger hate crime laws, education and culturally-appropriate therapy. We hear from them about their work to pass a new Oregon hate crime policy — which Brown signed into law Monday — and the larger goals of their nonprofit, The Larnell Bruce Jr. Foundation.

 

  

  • A photography exhibit showing at the University of Oregon depicts life at gay rodeos from the 1980s and 1990s. We talk with photographer Blake Little about the photos and the time he spent traveling with the rodeos.

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