Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Gays in the Bush

My new favorite human being is Adam Sutton, a gay horseman and trick rider from Cooranbong, NSW, Australia. Adam was the horse wrangler and riding instructor for the film "Ned Kelly," and he became, and remains, good friends with Heath Ledger. At a New Year's Eve party in 2003, Heath handed him a script he was considering, and said "It's all about you." The script, of course, was Brokeback Mountain.

There is a lengthy article on him in the Sydney Morning Herald--detailing his struggles, including a drunk driving accident which claimed the life of another young man--which you can read here, and you can learn more about "Since Adam was a Boy," the documentary produced for Australian television, here.

"It takes courage," Adam says, in the Herald article, "and it takes strength and it takes that inner person to take hold and not worry what Tom or Harry down the road thinks. But it's hard, you're standing on your own island, singing your own song."

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