All this talk about cowboys put me in mind of the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger summed up the typical cowboy attitude to Indians. Or Native Americans as they call themselves now, I think to stop people asking them for curries. Even though the Lone Ranger had a sidekick - a very capable sidekick as I remember: the sort of Indian who could put his ear to the ground and tell you how many horses were going along, how far away and in what direction - he treated him terribly. For a start he called him Tonto, Spanish for stupid. There is no way the Lone Ranger would not have known this, as he would have encountered many comedy Mexicans during his time on TV. "Oh No-o! My seegar haas set fire to my sombreero!"
Secondly, he had a sidekick, right? A sidekick who was with him much of the time, right? Then why the Jeez was he called the LONE Ranger. He wasn't lone. He had a partner, sorry, sidekick. With the emphasis on the word 'kick' it would seem.
One more question: does a gay cowboy have a same-sex pardner?
"My name might be 'Stupid,' but at least I would never wear a cactus on my head."