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LGBT History Month profile: Political commentator, journalist Dan Savage

via Equality Forum
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dan Savage, Journalist
b. October 7, 1964

“I thought, when I was a kid, that my mother and father would be devastated if I ever told them I was gay.”

Dan Savage

Dan Savage is an award-winning author, journalist, newspaper editor and political commentator. He launched the “It Gets Better” video project to combat bullying and prevent LGBT teen suicides.

Born in Chicago, Savage was the third of four children in an Irish Catholic family. He attended Quigley Prep, which Savage describes as “a Catholic high school for boys thinking of becoming priests.”

At 18, Savage came out to his family. After initially having a difficult time, they became supportive. Savage enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in theater.

In 1991, Savage’s sex-advice column, “Savage Love,” first appeared in The Stranger, an alternative weekly newspaper in Seattle. The internationally syndicated column has been called funny, sarcastic, informative and outrageous.

Savage’s columns were compiled into a book, “Savage Love: Straight Answers from America’s Most Popular Sex Columnist” (1998). He wrote “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant” (1999). He won a Lambda Literary Award for his book “Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America” (2003).

In 2010, reacting to the suicides of bullied LGBT youth, Savage started “It Gets Better,” which encourages adults to submit videos assuring gay teens that life gets better. As of 2011, the project generated more than 5,000 video submissions, including testimonials from President Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn, Anne Hathaway, Ke$ha and other celebrities.

For creating “It Gets Better,” Savage received a Webby Special Achievement Award, the leading international award honoring online excellence. He has been a contributor to Out magazine and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” As a political commentator on LGBT issues, Savage has appeared frequently on CNN and MSNBC.

In 2005, Savage married his long-term partner, Terry Miller. The couple lives in Seattle with their adopted son.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. Love Dan Savage!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:11pm
  2. They obviously forgot ‘bad ass’ in the article title. /:

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:12pm
  3. he is amazing!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:14pm
  4. I love this guy! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:14pm
  5. Dan Savage is a hero to me

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:16pm
  6. the world can use more people like Dan!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:16pm
  7. I am happy to see a Bullying program,but when will it be introduced into the schools? WE need a BULLYING program that works and try to get school staff to take BULLYING seriously.My son had been bullied for over a year and the school continues to neglect my sons civil rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:22pm
  8. Jessica, you may have to take the fight to your school.. via the courts..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:31pm
  9. Only have until Friday night to get the signatures.. Please sign and share

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11:05pm
  10. Do they never talk about the bad things? For example, Dan Savage is a horrible multisexual ally, a horrible asexual “ally”, a horrible trans* ally, a horrible “feminist”…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11:05pm
  11. Yeah, Dan Savage is a huge biphobic, transphobic and sexist asshole – but he has recently been taking steps to improve this. He has had Savage Love episodes all about polyamory (including his BDSM polyamorous friend) and had been really open minded about bisexuality. Also, he has been more trans positive lately.

    That being said, he is THE most sex-positive “relationship adviser” out there and has done so much for the queer community through the “It Gets Better Project”. You can still respect the man for what he has done and criticize him for what he still needs to do.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11:18pm
  12. great guy,thank god he founded IT GETS BETTER

    Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11:31pm
  13. “,thank god he founded IT GETS BETTER”

    god had nothing to do with it

    Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 8:38am
  14. Dan Savage has a lot of guts speaking up for gay rights and that’s great, but the way he’ll turn around and trash talk other minority groups is disgusting. He complains about the way homosexuals are treated, then goes on to bash asexuals endlessly. He has called us “evil” and told his readers that we live to cause others pain in many of his articles. Maybe if he weren’t such a hypocrite more people would take him seriously, but it’s very hard to take someone seriously who will endlessly bash another orientation and call it “evil”, and at the same time, try to make a point that HIS orientation should be treated equally and isn’t evil like many people think it is. How ironic.

    Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7:10pm
  15. I think we should go door-to-door with a package centered on, “Prayers for Bobby”. Sure, there’s, “boys Don’t Cry”, and so on, but for the moment I wanna concentrate on the Bobbys, Tylers & Jamies out there. What’ll it take to get cheap/free copies of the DVD, maybe book, and a brochure to distribute for an outreach project? Lemme kno.

    Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6:28pm