We knew Dan Savage was funny, but we’re hoping his wry wit and balls to the wall attitude (literally) translates to our small screens.
An as-yet-untitled Dan Savage comedy was picked up by ABC and, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed, it will be “a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist’s life.
Actors and producing partners Dan Bucatinsky and Lisa Kudrow teamed up this year with It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage to create “It Got Better,” a six-part Web series featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender icons describing their path to openness and confidence in their sexuality. The entire series screened at the Directors Guild of America on Sunday as part of Outfest, the Los Angeles LGBT film festival.
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Jane Lynch and Jason Collins will be the first to participate in the new six-episode video series, from fellow EPs Savage and his producing partner Brian Pines.
NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro is leaving the Beltway for the United Kingdom, where he will serve as the channel’s London correspondent starting in January.
Broach the most difficult topics in the world with sex columnist and author Dan Savage –we’re talking every kind of sex imaginable including the kinds that involve animals, children and feces (seriously, this exists) — and he has no problem talking about any of it.
Just so long as he’s behind a computer screen or telephone receiver. “I’m very brave behind my computer,” he says.
But ask if any of the tens of thousands of questions he has received over the years have ever given him an idea in bed and suddenly he’s…shy? And seriously turning various shades of crimson. “I get all freaked out,” he says of people confronting him in person on personal matters. “I’m shy.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – It’s been quite a run for Dan Savage, what with all the podcasting and tweeting and in-your-face defending of marriage equality.
Between speaking gigs, radio and TV appearances and the syndicated sex-advice column he writes from a desk that belonged to Ann Landers, Savage managed another book, “American Savage,” out this week from Dutton.
Savage, 48, looks back on his mom, who died in 2008, takes us into his rationale for why cheating may just save your marriage and offers a glimpse of life at home with husband Terry Miller and their 15-year-old son.
Reconciliation is at the heart of everything Savage writes and says. He’s not throwing bombs at all. Or rather, if he is, they are bombs aimed at shaking up small minds to extend traditional institutions to people considered outside them. Beneath its often caustic wit, “American Savage” is on a healing mission. It’s about unification. That effort starts immediately. On the first page, Savage dedicates the book: “For my father, who lives in a red state, watches Fox News, and votes Republican — but loves me and mine just the same.”
When you’re as divisive a figure as sex-advice columnist extraordinaire Dan Savage, you’ve got to be able to have a sense of humor about yourself. “That some people really, really, really hate me is hilarious,” the 48-year-old It Gets Better founder laughs. But he says he doesn’t want to bask too much in the glory of others’ loathing. “I’m trying not to be in love with that because that’s dangerous,” he says. “You think, ‘oh, these people hate me; I must be doing good work.’” With any luck, Savage won’t have to deal with the haters when the Seattle resident makes a cross-country trek to New York for a sold out, one-on-one discussion with conservative political blogger (and fellow gay) Andrew Sullivan at the New York Public Library as part of the Live from the NYPL series of talks. The event, which coincides with the release of Savage’s most recent advice tome, American Savage, will serve as an opportunity for him to riff on many of the topics he covers in his book—everything from health care to religion, from gun control to marriage equality.
America’s most in-your-face sex columnist and gay-rights activist comes out swinging in these pugnacious, hilarious essays.
Savage is that rarity, a liberal—verging on radical—who defends his positions with steel-trap logic and scornful humor laced with profanity and stripped of politically correct cant. But in his own way he’s a champion of “family values,” which emerge in warm domestic scenes with his husband and son, in moving reflections on his mother’s death, and in his common-sense understanding of sexual fulfillment as an anchor for stable relationships. Underneath Savage’s scabrous, bomb-throwing exterior beats the heart of a softie.
Sex columnist and It Gets Better Project co-founder Dan Savage will host his second 60-minute MTV special, featuring stories of LGBT youth who’ve come out to their family.
Savage tells Mashable that MTV’s young audience — not just LGBT kids who may be experiencing bullying — are his target for the special.
“We’ll reach more people with our hour long specials on MTV, because that’s the power of TV, it’s where middle schoolers and high schoolers are,” Savage says. “We’re not just reaching LGBT kids on MTV. We always want to acknowledge and normalize the queer kids, but straight kids will also see it and they’re potential perpetrators or bystanders to bullying.”