Welcome to My Husband’s Trophy

Welcome!

My name is Bennet Goldstein, and this is the My Husband’s Trophy blog. Please use the links to the left to navigate this website. To learn more about this blog and it’s naming – as well as me – see the “About” section.

~Note: This blog was formerly (and will one day return to) its original iteration as outlined below. However, I have since moved to rural Iowa to work full time for the Le Mars Daily Sentinel as a staff writer. I spend the majority of my time covering government, science, special events, and arts news. I also produce my own photography and video. As such, most posts on my blog, for now, will expand on or include additional multimedia content that did not make it into my original articles (which may be found on the Sentinel’s website). I will write about HIV and pop culture as time allows. Thanks readers!~

This website is a forum dedicated to exploring topics related to HIV, LGBT (colloquially: “gay”) lives, political & pop cultures, and the arts. This assortment of topics may come across as odd or even crass.

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Bag a Bird: Youth Pheasant Hunt Highlights

Saturday, I had the pleasure of shadowing 8 young hunters at K-D Hunt Club, north of Sioux City, Iowa, for a Youth Pheasant Hunt. Although I’m not keen on guns, I do enjoy photographing people who use them. I also like the untamed parts of Iowa’s landscape, which presents challenges down to the individual blades of prairie grass that engross its surface. The plants have a nasty tendency to lead a camera’s autofocus astray, blurring the main action in exchange for a clear photo of their leafy strands swaying in the wind.

I decided on my drive home that my “shooting” the event with a camera possessed similarities to those who used hunting rifles. As we marched across the rolling landscape, we scanned the ground carefully for pheasants, considering where each member of the hunting party was positioned as well. (Those who walked too far ahead of the line presented a safety risk.) For my purposes, I kept tabs on my companions for aesthetic reasons — my effort to compose a good photograph. However, I can’t dismiss the adrenaline rush every time a rooster jostled the underbrush to get away. Whether any of us would get a clear shot remained a surprise until a bird either smashed into the ground or swooped ahead to land in a distant field, out of sight.

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LCHS Homecoming Pep Rally

County life in pixels

Recent photography of mine published in the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

 

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Kiss the pig

A little piglet brought cheers and laughter to the Le Mars Community Middle School’s annual carnival last Friday. The school, located in Northwest Iowa, plans to reinvest proceeds from the event into the purchase of big screen televisions for the school. Attendees participated in a popular event called  “Kiss the Pig,” where they voted on a teacher who would be given the honor. Reigning champion Bill Magnussen was selected for the fourth year. When asked what it felt like to kiss the pig, Magnussen had one word to say: “Wet.” Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/1rpjzj1

Whose bar is this? Provoking mixed emotions from LGBT community, gay bars opening doors to straight people

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I wrote an article about straight people who attend gay bars in this week’s issue of Isthmus. I researched the story for the past two months and conducted about 20 interviews. It was hard to cram the topic into 1600 words –– so much material was cut or edited, but I hope it’s an informative overview. Here is the link for your reading pleasure:

Straight people in gay bars: Madison establishments must decide how inclusive they want to be

 

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