Dec 27, 2017
Searching for Beefcake in Grand Island, Nebraska
I wonder what is it like to live in these small towns, to wake up every morning in a square frame house with cornfields in the back yard, to pass tractors and dogs on the way to work, to eat in the town's one diner, where everybody knows your name and where your daddy went to school.
I chose Grand Island, because it's the first city you reach after Lincoln (population 48,000), and because it was founded by immigrants from the Quad Cities. They named it "Grand Island" after an island in the Platte River,
There are two high schools, Catholic and public, with swimming and wrestling. No colleges except for an extension of the conservative Doane University
There's a used bookstore, the Tattered Book, on the same block with three antique malls and the Primitive Touch Antique Warehouse.
According to the "Butch Wonders" blog, Grand Island is a 'steaming pile of homo-hatred.' The City Council recently rejected an anti-discrimination ordinance, 8-2, because they didn't want to give anyone the impression that Grand Island was "gay-friendly."
Did anyone think it was?
I imagine that most of Grand Island's gay men have already left, or will leave soon, just as I left Rock Island in 1985. 30 years and 450 miles, and not much has changed.