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Michael Rowe
Michael Rowe is a novelist, and an award-winning journalist and essayist, who has lived in Beirut, Havana, Geneva, and Paris. Between 2001 and 2009 he was a contributing writer to the print edition of The Advocate. He is the author of three nonfiction books, Writing Below the Belt (1995), a critically acclaimed study of censorship, pornography, and popular culture, and the essay collections Looking For Brothers and Other Men’s Sons, which won the 2008 Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction. His first novel, Enter, Night was a finalist for both the Prix Aurora and the Sunburst Award. His second novel Wild Fell was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, and will appear in French from Editions Bragelonne in Paris in 2016. In 2009, The Atlantic Monthly's Andrew Sullivan nominated Rowe for the Michael Moore Award "for divisive, bitter and intemperate left-wing rhetoric" for his work on the Huffington Post. He still considers it his proudest moment as a new media journalist. Website:

Entries by Michael Rowe

For My Sister, on Her Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 8:21 AM

Nancy is not my sister, not really. At least not on paper, where some people still think the concept of "real" family begins and ends. Of course they're wrong -- they're wrong today, in 2016 and they were wrong in 1974 when we met.

In 1974, I was 11...

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Don't Sacrifice Your Dog's Life To Get Your Cardio In This Summer

(105) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 3:32 PM

I felt closer to murder this afternoon than I usually care to feel.

I live in a leafy enclave near downtown Toronto. It's a hip neighbourhood -- a nice mix of progressive, well-educated young couples, retirees, and a smattering of young families. In the winter, kids and their parents toboggan...

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On October 19th, Let's Remember Who We Are As Canadians

(63) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 12:40 PM

One of my most prized possessions is a framed front page of the Beirut Star newspaper from Tuesday February 16th, 1965.

It features a photograph of a beaming three-year-old boy presenting Canada's new flag to the Arab world in a wire-service photo flashed around the Middle East. Canadian embassy...

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Giving Thanks for 'New-Stock Canadians'

(121) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 10:07 AM

A week or so before Thanksgiving, I took a cab downtown to the Eaton Centre. On a good, fast evening it's a 10-minute ride. A bit of traffic can stretch it to 15 minutes, but rarely longer than that. 

Cab drivers are the unsung heroes of urban life. Anonymous backs of heads...

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Some Thoughts On My 30th Wedding Anniversary in the Summer of Equal Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 8:34 AM

On August 24th 1985, my husband Brian and I were married at the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in Toronto. I was twenty-two, he was thirty-five. The phrase "gay and lesbian marriage," let alone "equal marriage," had not yet entered the popular, social, or political lexicons.

The rite offered by...

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Communing Queerly With the Dead

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 2:11 PM

Last night, in the hour before dark, I took my regular evening walk through the old graveyard near my house in Cabbagetown. The ground is damp, and the ancient trees are heavy with the weight of yellow and orange leaves. In this dusk hour between evening and night, the leaves...

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The Great Chick-fil-A Snake Oil "Faith" Hustle

(1367) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 7:16 PM

Notably absent from the conservative Christian Sturm und Drang over Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's recent collision with LGBT America (and their increasingly vocal, and visible, straight allies) over his "free speech" to voice his "opinion" is a discussion of the degree to which -- from a faith perspective -- this...

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Watch Out Bristol, Mike Huckabee is Gunning for "Privileged" Unwed Mothers

(16) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:46 PM

Promoting his new book this week, Mike Huckabee took aim at this year's Best Actress Oscar-winner and soon-to-be wife and mother, Natalie Portman, as a bad example for American girls. The actress, who won the Oscar for Black Swan, is carrying a child by her fiancé, dancer Benjamin Millepied. According...

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Thoughts on the "Ground Zero Mosque " and the Better Angels of Our Nature

(57) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 3:38 AM

The decision by CNN anchor and Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria to return the 2005 Hubert Humphrey Award for First Amendment Freedoms to the Anti-Defamation League last week, along with the $10,000 honorarium, has introduced a much-needed layer of intellectual and moral honesty to the national debate over...

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What it Says About Us When a 17-Month-Old Boy Is Beaten to Death for "Acting Like a Girl"

(233) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 2:13 AM

At approximately 8:25 p.m. last Sunday night, the New York State Police on Long Island logged a 911 call about a toddler in cardiac arrest. The boy, 17-month-old Roy Jones, was rushed from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, N.Y. to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:11...

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Why Anne Rice Has Never Been More of a Christian

(388) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 12:15 AM

Ironically, author Anne Rice may have been more of a Christian yesterday than she ever was, when she announced, on Facebook, that she was quitting Christianity and renouncing any claim to the title "Christian."

"For those who care,"
she wrote,
"and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being...
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Sorry Ann Coulter, Canada's Just Not That Into You

(612) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 6:30 PM

So, when did Ann Coulter start being afraid of Canadians? Well, this week, apparently, when a crowd of roughly 200 college students (the AP puts the number as high as 2,000 whereas both student eyewitnesses and the Ottawa police assert the number was closer to...

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Did U.S. Baptists Cross the Line Between "Good Intentions" and Child Kidnapping In Haiti?

(79) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 11:02 PM

There's no question that the ten Baptist missionaries from Idaho, Kansas, and Texas who illegally loaded 33 Haitian children--ranging in age from 2 months to 12 years--into a bus, and tried to drive them across the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic on January 31st, had "good intentions."

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Why Is CBS in Bed With the Religious Right on Super Bowl Sunday?

(707) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 11:50 PM

Last week I wrote about CBS's decision to air an anti-abortion commercial from the evangelical political organization Focus on the Family during this year's Super Bowl broadcast on February 7th.

The commercial will reportedly feature Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow's mother, Pam, talking about how her "personal...

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Cindy McCain Comes a Little Late to "NoH8"

(102) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 7:07 PM

The news Wednesday that Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, is endorsing NoH8, the California-based equal marriage organization that was active in its opposition to the California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, was welcomed by many in the equal marriage movement.

A message appeared on...

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CBS to Air "Pro-Life" Focus on the Family Superbowl Spot

(26) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 4:10 PM

In a curious reversal of its policy against accepting "advocacy" commercials, CBS has announced that it will air an anti-abortion commercial from the right-wing, anti-choice, evangelical Christian activist group Focus on the Family during this year's Super Bowl broadcast.

The commercial will feature Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and...

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The Never-Ending Horror of Pat Robertson

(471) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 7:58 PM

Last night, as I was updating my Facebook status, I briefly considered a post wondering how long it would take before Pat Robertson made some monstrous insinuation about the earthquake in Haiti being God's will. I remember thinking, No, even Pat Robertson wouldn't exploit a tragedy of this magnitude--a tragedy...

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Should the U.S. Get Involved in the Amanda Knox Murder Verdict?

(369) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 10:12 PM

The family of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted in Italy of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, on November 1, 2007 with the participation of her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, has announced their intention to solicit the intervention of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to overturn their daughter's guilty...

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Why We (Still) Love New York

(8) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 2:42 PM

New York, New York, you broke our heart last week. That's right. You smashed it into a million pieces. Like any long-term relationship where the spooning at night has become as natural as the snoring later, it took us a couple of days to fully assess the damage. Hell, who...

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"Gay Panic Defense" Used To Acquit Illinois Man Who Stabbed Neighbor 61 Times

(85) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 2:41 PM

Last Friday, a jury in Cook County, IL acquitted Joseph Biedermann, 30, of first-degree murder in the death of his Hoffman Estates neighbor, Terrance Michael Hauser, 38, in the early morning hours of March 5th, 2008. Biedermann stabbed Hauser 61 times, claiming that Hauser had made an unwanted sexual advances...

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