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Brian's Brain

Brian's Brain

by Brian George Hose

Friday, May 12, 2017

Looking Back, Looking Forward

When I was told, this was going to be our anniversary issue, I realized that the timing couldn’t be better. By some coincidence, it seems that this time of year is full of anniversaries in my life. Usually when it comes to anniversaries we are reminded to look back, but this year’s anniversaries are also reminding me to look forward.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hernandez and Homophobia

Aaron Hernandez wasn’t exactly a good guy. The former NFL star and tight end for the New England Patriots was serving a life sentence for murder without the possibility for parole before his suicide on the morning of April 19th. Some celebrated his death, posting memes on social media with messages like, “Life Sentence. Hang in there, Aaron.” In fact, most of these messages involved variations of the “hang in there” sentiment. This is rather cold, considering that Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell. He may have been a monster, but that doesn’t mean we have to be monsters too.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Ambassador’s Ritual

When I was a teenager I couldn’t wait to come out. I lived in a small-town resembling Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, a place that seemed to have missed the memo that LGBTQ persons live and walk among us in everyday life. Sure, there were mentions of gay people, but they were almost never positive. As such, timing became critical. I would have to wait for a safe, appropriate time to come out to the people in my life.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Calling Gloria

It all started years ago, when I was a teenager. “Ice Castles” was on cable and, not having anything better to do, I parked myself in front of the TV for a heaping helping of teenage angst. The tragic and triumphant story was entertaining, but what stuck with me was a song on the soundtrack. I’m terrible at remembering lyrics, which made it that much harder to find the song’s artist. All I could remember was that it was a glorious 80s pop ballad about a woman named Gloria. I asked everyone I could think of if they knew the song, but all I could offer was that the chorus started with the words, “calling Gloria.”

Last time I wrote about Ryan Murphy’s announcement that the upcoming season of “American Horror Story” will be based on the 2016 election. Murphy played it cool, not saying whether or not the season will feature an actor playing Trump. As luck, would have it, a few hours after I submitted my article Murphy said that there will not be a character based on Trump, much to my disappointment.

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