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Friday, May 24th, 2013

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.

Review: American Savage: Insight, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love and Politics

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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.

‘It Gets Better’ Campaign Enlists MTV to End LGBT Youth Bullying

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

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.”

Dan Savage: “It was going to be a joke”

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Excerpted from “Dan Savage: The First Gay Celebrity”

Dan Savage is a public-radio personality, a leading anti-bullying activist, a star of MTV and a prominent tormentor of Republicans. But in the beginning he was a sex columnist. His column “Savage Love” made its debut in the first issue of the Stranger, the Seattle alt-weekly, on Sept. 23, 1991, and soon would change the world of sex advice — a world dominated, at the time, by the relatively timid Dr. Ruth and the once-popular “Ask Isadora.” Now that “Savage Love” is over 20 years old, it’s worth looking back at what the self-described “faggot from Seattle” has wrought.

“At the beginning, it was going to be a joke,” Savage tells me, when I visit him in Seattle. Our day-long conversation has moved from his office at the Stranger, where he sits at Ann Landers’ old desk, which he bought at auction, to the cafe in the back of the Elliott Bay Book Co., a Seattle institution where other customers nod at Savage hopefully, hoping he will recognize them. “We weren’t getting paid. I was going to do this as a lark for a few months then move back to Berlin” — where he had been living with his boyfriend. In the first column, the readers’ letters were written by colleagues at the Stranger, and they all began with the jokey address “Hey, faggot.” That was the last time fellow staffers had to write the letters; soon there was steady mail from readers, who picked up on Savage’s preferred salutation.

The Magazine Article That Changed Everything for Gay People

Friday, October 5th, 2012

This piece is excerpted from Dan Savage’s foreword to the new Penguin Classics edition of Merle Miller’s On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual, out this month.

Terry found a vacation rental for us in Hawaii.

The house was just steps from the beach—a very important detail for my husband—and it had sixbedrooms. We invited two other couples, both gay, to join us. Our 13-year-old son invited two of his friends, both straight, to join his boring gay dads and their boring gay friends at the beach for two weeks. Their parents were thrilled

I was sitting on a beach on that vacation in the summer of 2011, exactly 40 years after Merle Miller’s essay “What It Means to Be a Homosexual” first appeared in the New York Times Magazine, when I opened On Being Different, the book Miller adapted from that essay. As my son and his friends roughhoused in the surf with Terry and the livelier halves of the two couples who joined us, I read this passage:

A man who was once a friend, maybe my best friend, the survivor of five marriages, the father of nine, not too long ago told me that his eldest son was coming to my house on Saturday: “Now, please try not to make a pass at him.”

Second ‘It Gets Better’ Special To Air In October On MTV & Logo

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The It Gets Better Project, which was honored by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors with its Governors Award on Saturday, will return to MTV and Logo with a new, 60-minute It Gets Better special October 9 at 11 PM — two days ahead of National Coming Out Day. Columnist Dan Savage, co-creator of the It Gets Better Project, will once again anchor the special, which will share stories and experiences of young people who are growing up LGBT. The first special, which premiered on MTV and Logo on February 21, received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program. The two networks commissioned a second special in June.

Deadline.Com Emmy Coverage

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

“The Academy’s prestigious Governor’s Award is given to the “It Gets Better” Project, an organization that supports LGBT youth. Neil Patrick Harris, presenter, spoke about how teen suicide is an epidemic among LGBT teens and that fact is “not just shocking, it should shake us to our core. They are told their very nature is sick and wrong. Well, it’s not. ‘It Gets Better’ is here to say it loud and clear.” Organization reps Dan Savage and Terry Miller accepted.”

Creative Arts Emmys: Dan Savage Tears Up During His ‘It Gets Better’ Speech

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

The advice columnist and his husband were honored for their work on the anti-bullying campaign.

Dan Savage and husband Terry Miller received a standing ovation Saturday when they were presented with the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys.

‘It Gets Better Project’ Named Recipient Of TV Academy Governors Award

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

NoHo Arts District, CA August 29th, 2012 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors has voted to bestow its prestigious Governors Award this year upon the “It Gets Better Project™,” an organization devoted to supporting LGBT young people via its website, initiatives and the posting of original videos with messages of empathy, encouragement and hope for a positive future. The announcement was made by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum.

Shorts Have Men Showing a Little Leg

Monday, August 20th, 2012

EARLIER this season on the MTV series “Savage U,” Dan Savage, the syndicated sex columnist, was asked if he wears shorts. His response was as immediate as it was dismissive: “No, no. I’m a grown-up.”

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