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Michael Rohrer is an assistant treasurer for a multi-venue theatrical facility. He is also the author of the blog I Am Michael, Hear Me Rohrer. He currently resides in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @michaelrohrer.

Entries by Michael Rohrer

Searching for Freedom From Acts of Religious Freedom

(419) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 10:27 AM

It's time I made a statement that is extremely difficult for me to make: I can't care what the Bible says about homosexuality. I can't live with that fear anymore. It's debilitating. I wanted to say I don't care, but I couldn't...not yet. The truth is: I'm trying to convince...

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The Day I Got Naked in Brooklyn (NSFW)

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 11:30 AM

Disclaimer: This post may contain NSFW images.

I'm was standing in his living room. I'm was wearing a long-sleeved, tangerine-colored button up shirt and nothing else. We were talking. I was standing there. I was exposed. That area between the last button and the bottom of my shirt was split...

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Aging in Gayville

(59) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 7:08 PM

My 44th birthday is approaching. I sense shadows in the distance. They're looming; ominous. I question what they are. I squint into the rainbow-hued sunlight, my hand perched at my brow to block the sun from my eyes. It's then that I can fully see them: buzzards. The shadows are...

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Have Insensitive Comments Become the New Normal?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:21 AM

"I say we give him to ISIS."

That was a comment that came through my Facebook news feed this week in response to a posting about Kanye West's most recent behavior at the Grammy Awards. I was stunned to say the least. I could feel the space between...

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Resolving the Conflict Starts With Me

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 12:21 AM

A few days ago I read Kevin Thornton's HuffPost blog post "I Was a Teenage Fundamentalist: How I Resolved the Conflict Between Jesus and My Sexuality." (You should read his before you read mine.) I was immediately taken with his ability to draw such a distinct portrait of...

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Television Characters: I Know They're Not Real People, But...

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 9:53 PM

"Christian Troy never learns his lesson." I made that statement very matter-of-factly and honestly about a character on Nip/Tuck during the end of its run on FX Network. It was just a normal part of the conversation while discussing the previous night's episode. The friend with whom I was discussing...

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The Heels Are Killer in the Best Way at the Brooklyn Museum

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:37 PM

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How else can I begin except by saying I was giddy with controlled exuberance. It was as if I was alone in a world all my own (Michael Through the Looking Glass) as I stared at the encased heels all around me. These weren't...

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Your Bogeyman: Whether You Stalk Him or Face Him...Defeat Him

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 11:33 PM

I recently saw a production of Stalking the Bogeyman at New World Stages in NYC. The play tells the true story of David Holthouse: the rape he endured in 1978 as a 7-year old, and his plan, as an adult, to murder his rapist.

I can't...

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The Statement Piece

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Shopping can be downright disheartening. I say can be because sometimes shopping can be exhilarating. However, when you're not finding what you want, the experience can be as unpleasant as say, taking a plunge in a recycling vat filled with the soggy pulp of discolored images from last month's issue...

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High on Heels

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Sometimes a man's gotta do something that's out of the ordinary. Sometimes he has to push himself. Sometimes a man's gotta walk into a shoe store and buy a pair of heels.

My love affair with high heels began in early childhood. Read my HuffPost Gay Voices piece, "

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I'm a Homosexual and There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with That

(5) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:35 AM

"They're teaching young children about bestiality now." Katie Donoghue, a Virginia woman who attended the March for Marriage rally organized by the National Organization for Marriage held in Washington, D.C. last week, is on record with that statement. When I read it I couldn't help but share it...

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Confessions of an Adult Grudge Holder

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 2:37 PM

You remember high school, right? Of course you do. We all remember the filled-with-bliss, magical, most important time of our lives (sarcasm alert). Those memories float to the surface every now and then, bringing a smile to our faces or making us instantly nauseous. Some of us look back on...

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Discovering and Outgrowing My Mother's Shoes

(5) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:22 PM

How many of you used to play in your mother's shoes? Don't be ashamed. Go ahead. Raise your hands. Smile at the memory. Did you have a favorite pair? Do you remember when your foot finally fit them perfectly? Do you remember when your foot outgrew them?

I started...

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An Open Letter to Pat Robertson

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Dear Pat,

May I call you Pat? I don't want to appear disrespectful, but then again you say so many ugly things against gay people that I doubt my calling you by your first name will register any kind of disrespect. Hopefully calling you Pat will humanize you a little....

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I Swish

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 8:05 PM

I swish. I'm tired of apologizing for it or being scared of it. I'm ready to be comfortable in my own skin. I'm not completely there, but I'm ready to be. Isn't that the first step? Acknowledging?

I'm a gay man. I was born gay. The question "What if it...

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Impolite Society: I'm Offended, He's Offended, They're Offended, We're Offended

(7) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:11 PM

The summer before my senior year of high school (way back in 1988), my friends and I adopted the catchphrase "I'm offended." It was used as a response to a shocking or outrageous statement. Think of it like, "Well I never!" There was usually a dramatic intake of breath and...

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'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?' No, but I Have Some Shame

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 7:48 PM

You know the expression "it hit me like a ton of bricks"? Well, that proverbial ton of bricks fell on me recently. It happened over lunch with my best friend. I was talking to him about my latest mixed bag of thoughts on religion, family, and homosexuality when he posed...

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ENDA Is a Necessity Because Discrimination Is not an Option

(5) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 2:09 PM

It's been nearly 20 years since I first saw the film Philadelphia. It was the winter of 1994 after returning to college from Christmas break. I saw it with my best friend. I remember it so clearly. It's indelibly burned into my mind and my heart. We two sat in...

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Being My Own Man: Discovering What I Learned From My Dad

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 9:40 PM

Lately I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be a man. I mean, I've got a penis, so biologically I'm a man, but what does it mean to be a man? My dad says a man knows he's a man by how he feels within himself. I don't...

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Scandal(ized) and Loving It!

(4) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 12:18 PM

It's the age of bingeing. No, I'm not talking about on food or alcohol, although I'm sure somebody somewhere is bingeing on one or both of those things. I'm talking about on television. We live in an age where binge-watching on television is the new normal. Not only is binge-worthy...

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