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John Carroll
John Carroll is a native New Yorker. A Juilliard graduate, John has performed in concert dance companies, on national/international tours, off-Broadway, on Broadway, on TV, and in film. He has a strange fascination with QVC, is obsessed with The Cheesecake Factory, and loves to tell people that he is smarter than he looks. For more information, please visit

Entries by John Carroll

Wreck the Halls: a Humorous Guide to Surviving the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 4:15 PM

It's that time of year again where the days get darker and shorter; a chill fills the air, and off in the distance something wicked this way comes. Can you see it inching its way closer and closer? No, it's not the inevitable full frontal version of Kim Kardashian's gratuitously...

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Build 'Em Up to Tear 'Em Down? We Need to Treat Our LGBT Role Models Better

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 8:29 PM

By now we've all seen the tear-jerking video of Michael Sam's hard work and dedication paying off, his dreams becoming a reality and history being made in the world of sports as he stood hand-in-hand with his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, and heard the news that the St. Louis Rams had...

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Deck the Balls

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 10:00 AM

I recently watched Mike Rowe's TEDTalk "Learning From Dirty Jobs" and found it quite interesting. For one, he talked at length about a job he did where he had two testicles dangling from his chin. Mr. Rowe found the experience quite horrifying. Truth be told, two testicles on my chin...

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The 5 Most Annoying Facebook Braggarts

(96) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 9:00 AM

We've all scrolled through our Facebook news feed and found ourselves reading updates from "friends" who seem to be having the "BEST DAY EVER!!!" seven days a week, 365 days a year. In fact, I've noticed that a healthy handful of people consider Facebook a place for them to constantly...

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Low Selfie-steem: A Humorous Guide to Self-Portraits

(15) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:08 PM

When I go through social media sites, the endless posts of self-taken pictures, otherwise known as "selfies," never cease to amaze me. You've seen them, those photographs almost always taken with a smartphone by the person appearing in the picture, their arm outreached in front of them (or, in the...

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Cardinal Dolan Gives Us the Ol' Razzle-Dazzle

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Last month, like many other people, I watched with a sort of skeptical, tilted head as Pope Francis was introduced to the world in a production number with more fanfare and pageantry than any Broadway show I've ever been in. From the different-colored smoke billowing out of the Sistine Chapel...

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Pass the Torch... and the Ritalin: Keeping Focused on LGBT Equality

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 8:22 PM

A few weeks ago members of the gay community were up in arms over Jodie Foster and her coming-out speech -- or the lack thereof. In a time when gay visibility seems key in changing the mindset of our opponents, in encouraging and giving hope to the younger generation and...

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Gay Republicans: The Enemy Within?

(114) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 7:13 PM

I was hiking through Patagonia when I heard the news of President Obama's reelection. (I like to say that sentence in the voice of Maya Angelou. I feel it makes me sound more important than I actually am.) The hotel I was staying at had only four rooms, and not...

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How to Succeed in (Show)Business: Paying Your Bills While Chasing the Dream

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Not too long ago, I was on national television dancing bare-breasted behind a rather large-and-in-charge drag queen who answers to the name of a meat product. The very next day, there I was again, moving up the ladder of success, this time dancing back-up to a dog. No reader, that...

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When Enough Is Enough: Get Out and Shout

(55) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 12:49 PM

I have to admit, it's been a long time since I've felt the need to be politically active. Like many other LGBT people, I moved to the big city, surrounded myself with many gay and gay-friendly people, and never felt or thought about discrimination during my day-to-day living. Complacency, I've...

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Gays Giveth and Gays Taketh Away: An Open Letter to Bailey Hanks

(602) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 12:33 PM

Dearest Bailey Hanks,

Like you, I am a Broadway performer. I am also gay. While I very much support your right to free speech and free association, I would like to hold you accountable for your stance on the whole fried chicken thing. On Aug. 1, when you went to...

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I Got You Babe: Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of Legalized Marriage in the State of New York

(20) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 7:04 PM

July 24 marks the one year anniversary of my marriage. My gay marriage. It's crazy to think that it's already been a year since the historic day when my husband and I, and over 800 other LGBT couples said, "I do" here in the State of New York.

Growing up,...

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Like Sands Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of My Thighs

(26) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 12:45 PM

I have always known in my heart that dance is a gift that is borrowed, but I rarely ever think about the dreaded day when I will have to give it back. The first dance class I ever took was at a Dolly Dinkle Dance Studio around the corner from...

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From 'Non-Speaking Townsperson Second From Left' to a Star of Broadway Bares: It Does Get Better!

(29) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 3:04 PM

Every year in June the Broadway community gets a little leaner, a little hungrier (and therefore a lot crabbier), and somewhere on the pigment scale between "sun-kissed" and "Oompa Loompa." No, they are not casting for the new musical, Charlie and the Vegan Carob Factory; it's simply time for Broadway...

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