By STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
''Religion makes a lot of gay men freak,'' says journalist Christopher Lee Nutter author of The Way Out: The Gay Man's Guide to Freedom No Matter if You're in Denial, Closeted, Half In, Half Out, Just Out or Been Around the Block ($14.95, Health Communications).
''I have no religious or spiritual affiliation at all,'' said Nutter, 36, a Protestant-born New Yorker who's visited the gay South Beach party circuit since the 1990s.
Still, Nutter says he feels spiritual. ``Affiliation is not necessary. It's an obstruction. Programmatic thinking is the problem in the first place -- the herd mentality.''
Other gay men -- who've often been rejected by organized religion -- are also seeking spirituality, Nutter said.
''Gay men are beginning to change what their concept of being gay means,'' he said, rather than focusing on looks and youth.
``That's why spirituality as a doctrine and a culture is being embraced. Right now it's cutting edge, but in 10 years it will be mainstream.''
Nutter will read and sign books at 8 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books, 933 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Information: www.christopherleenutter.com.