Rainbow Wranglers

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The Rainbow Wranglers, a mixed-gender LGBT+ “contemporary country-western dance club,” formed in 1990. The Rainbow Wranglers were an offshoot of the Cleveland City Country Dancers (CCCD), an LGBT+ square dancing club. The Rainbow Wranglers held weekly dance practices at Ohio City Oasis. The Wranglers later relocated their regular weekly practices to the Tool Shed bar. In 19911, the Rainbow Wranglers hosted its first Round Up Weekend, an “annual country-western themed dance benefit.” Like the Cleveland City Country Dancers, the Rainbow Wranglers provided an important venue for LGBT+ “men and women to be able to get together and socialize” while raising “much-needed funds for a variety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender organizations.” In addition to hosting weekly practices and annual Round Up Weekend events, the Rainbow Wranglers regularly performed at a number of annual LGBT+ community events, including the We Are Family Picnic, Dancin’ in the Streets, Cleveland Pride, and the Fall Hayride.

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  • “About the Rainbow Wranglers.” Plain Dealer. November 9, 2007.
  • “Come Say Howdy At ‘The Biggest Saloon in Town’.” Gay People’s Chronicle. April 9, 1999.
  • Cudnik, Doreen. “Country Dancing Roundup Boosts Youth Programs.” Gay People’s Chronicle. June 5, 1998. Pages 1, 6.
  • Glassman, Anthony. “Barn Dancing.” Gay People’s Chronicle. October 26, 2007.
  • Glassman, Anthony. “Yee Haw!” Gay People’s Chronicle. April 18, 2008. Page 1.
  • Heaton, Michael. “Tell the Rainbow Wranglers to Watch Their Step, and, Believe Us, They’ll Take No Offense.” Plain Dealer. November 9, 2007.
  • Nelson, Leslie. “Dancing To A more Colorful Life, A Two-Step At A Time.” Gay People’s Chronicle. Pride Guide 2005. Page B-5.
  • Nelson, Leslie. “Grab Your Nuggets and Dance.” Gay People’s Chronicle. April 8, 2005. Page 6.
  • Nelson, Leslie. “Join the Roundup with the Rainbow Wranglers.” Gay People’s Chronicle. March 31, 2006. Page 7.
  • O’Connor, Mike. “Have A Ball on Cinco de Mayo.” Gay People’s Chronicle. April 27, 2007. Page 6.
  • O’Connor, Mike. “Join the Wranglers at the Colonel’s Ball.” Gay People’s Chronicle. April 11, 2008. Page 6.
  • “Rainbow Wranglers Plan Rowdy Roundup Weekend.” Gay People’s Chronicle. April 8, 1994. Page 4.
  • Schlotsky, Stella. “Rainbow Wranglers Fiesta 1999.” YouTube. Uploaded December 30, 2011.
  • Schlotsky, Stella. “Rainbow Wranglers Opening Show for Roundup 99.” YouTube. Uploaded December 30, 2011.
  • “That’s Only $10 A Foot!” Gay People’s Chronicle. November 12, 1993. Page 22.
  • “Tickets are Now on Sale for the Wranglers’ Fall Hayride.” Gay People’s Chronicle. September 30, 2005.
2901 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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