About Michael Paul Rogers

Michael Paul Rogers was the eldest son of Thomas and Grace Rogers. Paul was born in Lubbock and graduated from Coronado High School. He then went to Abilene Christian University, graduated Magna Cum Laude and later attended graduate school in Dallas and Malibu, California. Michael moved to New York City and worked for the law firm of Chadbourne and Parke.

Paul died of AIDS related respiratory failure in 1999 at the age of 39 and had a memorial service in Taos, New Mexico, the home of his heart. His ashes reside in the Angostura Meadow, high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, which he loved from his boyhood.

Paul was a handsome gay man who left behind a legacy of laughter and tears, of tenderness of heart and delightful wit, of impeccable good taste, and of living and dying on his own terms. He loved life, particularly fun nights out with friends, children, and his miniature dachshund, Lady. He enjoyed traveling, reading, and movies.

Paul is survived by his parents, Tom and Grace, his close sister, Sarah Colwell, and his two younger brothers, Joel and Mark Rogers. He had a longtime partner, Phillip Adams, who now resides in Melbourne, Australia.

Paul would be humbled and honored to have this LGBTQ Activist Award established in his name.

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