collegegurl, I think some (ignorant) ppl think of cowboys as the last bastion of male heterosexuality.....what is going through their minds is, "If a cowboy could be gay, that means.......oh horror........anyone could be gay!"
I am remembering the shock when ppl found out Rock Hudson was gay. It caused fear to strike everywhere. I mean, if you cannot tell a guy is gay by looking at him, how can you protect yourself from catching it?
(That is what they are thinking, not me. Even though I am a suburbanite with an obvious lack of knowledge about cows and rodeos, LOL.)