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Brett Gleason is an indie musician from Brooklyn, NY writing about arts, culture, politics and mental health. Since studying writing and music at The New School University, Brett has been self releasing his own records and videos as seen on Logo, After Elton, Queerty, Gay Times and more. Both an out gay and bipolar artist, Brett has embraced the role of perpetual outsider and now writes about an artists life on the periphery. Follow Brett on Twitter @BrettGleason and FaceBook.

Entries by Brett Gleason

Does Love Fade as We Grow Older?

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 10:15 AM

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I used to fall hard. Those all encompassing loves that take your priorities and replace them with himhimhim -- your internal voice becoming a narration of everything you can't wait to tell each other, every moment lived without their witness wasted.

That kind...

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Homoground Is Throwing the First Queer CMJ Showcase Ever

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:53 PM

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No one ever said it was easy being a queer kid but music certainly helps. So does a sense of community, even if only online. Homoground does it all by throwing shows with queer and allied artists as well as putting...

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My Medicated Case for Psychiatrics

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:34 PM

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Photo by Brett Lindell

Ten years after my original diagnosis, I 'came out' as bipolar. In one of my first HuffPost blogs, I told my story last year and have been listening ever since. What's surprised me most is...

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The Case Against Collaboration: A Solo Artists Manifesto

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 6:00 PM

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With great power comes great responsibility. Whereas I could never give up the writing and arranging of my songs, things like footing the bill and promotional outreach I'd love to share with band members. However,...

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Identity Hacked: Losing Yourself in Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:52 AM

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Identity has always been based on partial truths and generalizations but for those of us brought up on social media this has never been truer.

If in the past we were our job, relationship, favorite band or car...

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Real Men Have Long Hair

(32) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 7:36 PM

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Photo by Everett McCourt

Or at least they're not afraid to. I'd tried to grow mine many times, but the detractors always got the best of me. Not this time. Everyone has the right to an opinion, but the passion and vitriol with which many...

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Age Is a Trophy, So Why Do We Lie?

(17) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 3:01 PM

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I'm 29. No, seriously. And in September I'll be 30. This is supposed to be a "double death" for me as both a musician and a gay man, but unlike so many who turn 29 over and over again (or worse, 18),...

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My First Time: A Dual Diagnosis

(56) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:50 PM

A month before my first time with another man, I was hospitalized with bipolar disorder. The hospital assigned me a therapist named Regina. I liked her until I told her about Ray.

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"Do you know where to get some pot?" asked a young man in...

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Straddling the Line: A Gay Artist in the Indie World

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 2:41 PM

I never knew music had a sexual preference. I don't sing about love or sex but they say my music is 'gay.' It's not exactly a taunt, not quite the slur hurled at me as a child but like then, it misses the mark. More than gay I'm different, independent,...

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