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About Dan Savage
Savage is the author of: American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics; The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America (Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction); The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant (PEN West Award for Creative Nonfiction); and Savage Love. He co-authored How to be a Person. The Kid was adapted into an Off-Broadway play and has recently been optioned for film.
Savage is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in widely in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and Salon.com. Savage is also a contributor to Ira Glass's This American Life. "Savage Love" is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, launched a YouTube video meant to offer hope to bullied LGBTQ youth. The It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 videos. Savage and Miller co-edited the It Gets Better book, published in March 2011. In 2012, the It Gets Better Project received the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys.
Savage grew up in Chicago and now lives in Seattle, Washington with his husband and their son, DJ.
Photos by LaRae Lobdell.
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Dan Savage is famous--and to some, infamous--for many reasons. To
name just a few: he's the author of America's leading sex advice
column, the frank and expletive-filled "Savage Love;" co-founder of
the Emmy Award-winning "It Gets Better Project," a YouTube
campaign aimed at LGBT youth that swept the globe in 2010; and he wrote the groundbreaking 1999 memoir The Kid about adopting a son with his partner (now husband) Terry, which helped inspire same-sex couples nationwide to adopt.
Dan has long been an advocate for marriage equality and LGBT rights, and AMERICAN SAVAGE contains some of his most personal and reflective essays on those subjects to date. He also explains, with his trademark humor and honesty:
- Why assault weapons should be banned, but why guns should be allowed in the U.S. capitol
- Why Obamacare, as good as it is, is "still kinda evil"
- Why straight people should have straight 'pride' parades too
- Why feminists are wrong about Halloween
- Why the Bible is "only as good and decent as the person reading it"
- Why public school sex-ed is more like "sex dread"
- Why the gay marriage debate isn't a zero sum game: nothing has been
taken from straight couples in states where all couples can marry
In a chapter called "Bigot Christmas," Dan also tells the behind-the-scenes story of his famous recent family dinner and marriage equality debate with Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage.
Greed: Gamblers reveal secrets behind outrageous fortune.
Lust: "We're swingers!"-you won't believe who's doing it.
Anger: Texans shoot off some rounds and then listen to Dan fire off on his own about guns, gun control, and the Second Amendment.
Combine a unique history of the Seven Deadly Sins, a new interpretation of the biblical stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, and enough Bill Bennett, Robert Bork, Pat Buchanan, Dr. Laura, and Bill O'Reilly bashing to more than make up for their incessant carping, and you've got the most provocative book of the fall.
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After a number of tragic suicides by LGBT students who were bullied in school, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for LGBT youth facing harassment. Speaking openly about the bullying they suffered as teenagers, and how they both went on to lead rewarding adult lives, their video launched the It Gets Better Project YouTube channel and initiated a worldwide phenomenon. With over 6,000 videos posted and over 20 million views in the first three months alone, the world has embraced the opportunity to provide personal, honest and heartfelt support for LGBT youth everywhere.
It Gets Better is a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site. While many of these teens couldn't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. By sharing these stories, It Gets Better reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone - and it WILL get better.
It ain't easy being a kid these days. For the first time in generations, today's teens have worse prospects ahead of them than their parents did, and the pressure to toe the line and be a success is heavier than ever . . . and so is the temptation to just give up. But there are things in the world worth fighting for!
This scrapbook-style collection of essays, excerpts, explanations, and images pushes back against a culture that relentlessly demands that kids give up their best ideals, abandon their hopes, forget their ethical objections to dominant life, soothe their rage, and accept their fates. From dealing with the cops to dealing with your peers, from school and community to drugs and sex, from race and class to money and mental health, Stay Solid! provides essential support for radically inclined teens who believe that it's possible for all of us to hang on to our values and build a life we believe in.
Compiled and edited by radical urbanist and educator Matt Hern, with the assistance of the youth community at Vancouver's Purple Thistle Center, Stay Solid! is for kids everywhere, and for anyone who considers themselves an ally—parents, teachers, neighbors, friends, relatives, and beyond.
Contributors include Noam Chomsky, Patricia Hill Collins, The Guerilla Girls, Derrick Jensen, Grace Llewellyn, Margaret Killjoy, Dan Savage, Astra Taylor, and more.
Ma anche se non si può avere il sesso dei propri sogni, anche se avete appetiti che il vostro partner non può soddisfare, essere ascoltati non è chiedere troppo.
«SOLO QUANDO OGNUNO DI NOI SARÀ DAVVERO LIBERO, SOLO ALLORA AVREMO VINTO TUTTI.»
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come esseri umani
Cosa definisce una società libera? Il rispetto della propria natura e delle proprie idee, siano esse politiche, religiose o esistenziali. Ma gli Stati Uniti, casa degli uomini liberi e delle opportunità, sono in grado di garantire questo pluralismo delle diversità? Dan Savage affronta il tema della libertà ripercorrendo la sua storia personale e i suoi duelli ideologici con repubblicani corazzati e omofobi convinti. La cultura statunitense non ha un’origine ma un’evoluzione da rispettare. I matrimoni, tutti i matrimoni, vanno protetti: non esistono «classifiche», non esistono generalizzazioni che tengano. La società deve basarsi sull’amore, non su un tipo di amore specifico.
Essere gay non è una questione di sesso, è una questione di libertà, di quanto la manifestazione genuina di un sentimento reciproco sia giusta in sé, indipendentemente dal contesto: solo così la natura vince sull’ambiente, gli slanci del cuore superano i meccanismi dell’evoluzione. Tutte le argomentazioni in questo senso passano attraverso l’analisi di una «fenomenologia statunitense»: dettami dei fondamentalisti cristiani (astinenza sessuale, razzismo, pro-vita), politica (famiglia, matrimoni, assistenza sanitaria) e senso comune (omofobia, uso di armi). Un viaggio coast to coast nella vita degli americani, raccontato con brillanti capacità argomentative e quel senso dell’ironia e del dissacrante che hanno reso Dan Savage una firma conosciuta in tutto il mondo.