An advocate native to Montana, I work within the LGBTQ community and homeless youth population. Ultimately a writer at heart, I hope to one day build up my life around my words while simultaneously using the opportunity to tear down other’s notions on what that life is. ‘Caught Under Glass’ is the first step along that path, composed of posts to make readers question what they’ve wrongly accepted as fact or to simply offer a thoughtful, entertaining commentary on situations or ideas rarely touched in our society.”

– Bentley Burdick

Latest Stories

‘Hamilton’ is Helping with the Mourning

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A couple of days ago I was taking a break from collecting responses for a piece I’m submitting to Huffington Post of collected statements from people all over the world talking about how the tragedy in Orlando has affected them … Read More

Orlando; My Personal Statement

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[Photo taken on June 11th, 2016 at Pride in Indianapolis. The first one the author ever attended, with his partner, Olivia Joy Locke pictured on the left. Disclaimer: all views and opinions expressed in this post are the writer’s personal … Read More

Hey, Neil Gaiman

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On my eighteenth birthday I had the privilege of sitting in with a small group of people at my local library to hear Neil Gaiman speak about and read a few excerpts of his work — there was about forty … Read More

Holiday Cheer

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When does the obligation to an idea give way to the room for reality? For a child that has experienced rejection or abandonment by their families, finding where you stand during holidays is daunting. Searching out cocoa fueled holiday  cheer … Read More

Queer Ghosts and True Love [a short story]

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[Here’s the short story I wrote for a competition (winner can be found HERE), featuring love, a transgender ghost, and heartache.]   There is something in the basement that keeps him trapped here. In the back of his mind it … Read More

Points of Poverty

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Points of Poverty You know you’re poor when… (as shown by cats) You forget the sensation of body wash. You ran out a while ago and have been waiting on your money to finally be able to replace it — … Read More

Mr. Edgar Ghost [A Short Story]

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Here is a preview of the full short story that will be arriving towards the end of November — a taste to get my dear readers excited for what’s to come. In this story we meet Edgar Edwards who when … Read More

Feminine Expression and Acceptance

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‘No fem.’   ‘Masc only.’   ‘Straight acting.’   ‘I’m a dude you should be one too.’   These are all things I’ve encountered on Grindr (a “dating” app for men interested in other men). On things like Tinder, the … Read More

My GoFundMe

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Offered REWARDS! Every donor can pick one of the three options below after a donation: ~~Handwritten letter where I will answer any five questions you pose to me! ~~Short story with your chosen prompt, whether that’s a set of words, … Read More

Coming Out Day is Every Day

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  To Whom it May Concern,   I want to start this open letter off with an explanation — not a justification of who I am or what I’m going to say, but the reasons why I’m writing this. October … Read More

Forty to None Summit, 2015

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Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the Forty to None summit hosted in Houston, Texas by the True Colors Fund. This marked the end of my six month fellowship with them and a turn in my … Read More

Happy Birthday

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Our birth is the most terrifying, painful day that any of us will face. From the beginning we’re pushed out through a space too small for us to fit and the bones of our still forming skulls smoosh together–it only … Read More

Making Friends: The Dos and Don’ts

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Part One: The Myth of the “Friend Zone”   There are few things that are more disheartening in my life than having my friends explain to me that I am the first friend (male friend especially) that has not tried … Read More

Kindness, the Last Defense

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The internet is full of people screaming at themselves. Angry rants dot social media, more common than weeds in the ill-tended garden of that creepy house down the street from your childhood home that everyone claimed was haunted (was it … Read More

Poem #1

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[Here is a poem I wrote and while I leave it open to interpretation, it’s with LGBTQ homeless youth in mind.]   There’s so much more to life than what we’re told, what we’re sold. The jerk, the spin, hitting … Read More

It’s All Exhausting

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There are few things that are more exhausting than the constant battle of staying upbeat, even if it’s from the point of someone who exists on the average ‘eh, I’m alright most of the time’ scale. Doesn’t help that what … Read More

Writing that Captivates

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  There are things that I’ve only let myself want the past few months. Before then I refused to admit that I wanted anything for my future or just for myself, especially with my guilt in relation to coming out … Read More

Education, and Why I Won’t Apologize

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  When I was a child I had dreams, wide, expansive, tangible things. Adults asked me constantly what I wanted to be when I grew up–my answers changed just as often as my interest in crayons versus markers did, or … Read More