Articles written by: Roger Rosen

Roger is a husband, step-father, son, brother, uncle, activist, writer, Broadway performer (Fiddler on the Roof), recovering office manager (where he child wrangled upwards of 60 adults) and hernia survivor. He currently works at Trader Joe’s in Millburn where he can be seen utilizing his BFA from NYU putting kale on a shelf. Also, he serves on the Human Rights Campaign’s Greater NY Steering Committee as the Volunteer Coordinator for NJ. He writes at his own blog Rogeronimo. Like his FB page, rogeronimo.com, and follow him on twitter @rogeronimo_com.

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Identity / Life

Reflections on a Queer Childhood: Problem Solving From the Closet

For me to fit in, or even pretend to fit in, I simply could not be out. So I did what any “normal, red-blooded American male” does.

First row. Fourth from the left. Happy and clueless.
Identity / Life

Reflections on a Queer Childhood: Make Your Own Kind of Music

I must have been just on the cusp of discovering that in order to fit in I would have to pretend to be someone else.

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Identity / Life

Reflections on a Queer Childhood: Fantasy Football

For me the whole endeavor was like being waterboarded. I knew it wasn’t going to kill me, but my brain told me it might.

Reflections on a Queer Childhood: Growing Up in the Shadow of AIDS
Grief & loss / Identity / Life

Reflections on a Queer Childhood: Growing Up in the Shadow of AIDS

I, like so many gay men of my generation, discovered who we are, and how our country feels about who we are, while growing up in the shadow of AIDS.

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Culture / Entertainment

Reflections on a Queer Childhood: The Dukes of Hazzard

Why would he just watch Daisy? Until that moment, I hadn’t thought much about her. I mean, she seemed sweet and all, but was I missing something? Was she a better actress than I had previously realized?

On National Coming Out Day: A Look Back at My First Time
Identity / Life

On National Coming Out Day: A Look Back at My First Time

I was petrified of the future laid out before me. All I knew was that my life would hemorrhage with secrecy and fiction, that what I wanted didn’t exist, and that a full, happy life wasn’t possible. That was what I knew. That was all I knew.

Puppy Love ~ A Shout Out to Those Who Love Us On All Fours
Family / Pets

Puppy Love ~ A Shout Out to Those Who Love Us On All Fours

Dogs. When we first meet them, they seem like such odd creatures with hair everywhere and questionable breath. But soon it becomes clear: to look into a dog’s eyes is to see a soul.

Dear Parents: Hang Up and Hit Your Kids
Family / Parenting

Dear Parents: Hang Up and Hit Your Kids

Don’t let your kids turn out like Donald Trump.

In a Family, Small Moments Aren’t Always Small
Family

In a Family, Small Moments Aren’t Always Small

My husband’s ex-wife and I have an interesting relationship.

Relentlessly Gay
Identity / Life

Relentlessly Gay

Dear Outspoken Yet Pointedly Anonymous Author of the Now Famous “RelentlesslyGay” Letter: Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Roger. I strive, everyday, to be more #RelentlesslyGay. So you can imagine my excitement when I read your rather unhinged letter to a neighbor regarding their #RelentlesslyGay yard. A yard that disrespects […]