Writer Dan Savage — LGBT History Month Day 26


Today’s LGBT History Month icon is writer and journalist Dan Savage.

Born October 7, 1964, Savage is an award-winning author, journalist, newspaper editor and political commentator. In 2010 Savage launched the now international “It Gets Better” video project to combat bullying and prevent LGBT teen suicides.

Biography via Equality Forum:

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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Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M6 years ago

Confusing. Don't know what to think. While Santorum is a major fool, I don't agree with Savage's remarks-too offensive. He should have taken the higher road. It would have been far more effective, especially coming from someone with his journalistic background. Reading the above article which seem to applaud the man for his activist role is contradictory to the comments below. Just who is this strange man? Seems to be a lot of skeletons in his closet...

Tom Y.
Tom Y6 years ago

I wouldn't be honoring Dan Savage for anything. He's been a virulent hate-monger, not simply opposing people but also wishing them dragged to their deaths behind speeding vehicles "until there's nothing left." In the near term, he's had to content himself with character assassination, as he did with a search-engine definition for Sen. Rick Santorum's name. And Savage claims to be anti-bullying?! Once he proudly related how he sucked and licked a pen with saliva and viruses from a cold he had, then donated it to a person he (secretly) didn't like. It's as if he wants you dead if you disagree with him. That makes him a brutal, narrow-minded sociopath, and thoroughly unfit for any humanitarian recognition.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Rob & Jay B. This sound very disturbing. How come Care2 is honoring such a person with that kind of history? "It gets better" maybe is his way of atoning for sins in the past? Hmmmmmm.......

Rob and Jay B.
Jay S6 years ago

Didn't know he started the 'It Gets Better' campaign either. Hmmm, hard to believe, knowing his history of anti-gay activism.

You'll have to forgive us for being cynical about Mr. Savage. We lived in Seattle when one of the recurring right wing initiatives to restrict what rights LGBT people had made it to the ballot under a barrage of homophobic hate & Dan Savage became a poster boy for them & actually campaigned for the anti-gay initiative! How many suicides then are on his head?

He seems to have changed his ways now that he has a partner & a child to worry about, but he didn't care a whit about all the LGBT people he was helping to hurt back in the 90s when he worked for the enemy to humiliate us all.

We'll 'honor' him when he apologizes for his ugly past. Maybe his guilt is making him try to make up for his treason but we've never heard any apology from him. We wouldn't cross the street to hear him speak & we're sorry to see him honored here.

Donegal Higgins
Past Member 6 years ago

Love Dan Savage! I wasn't aware that he initiated the It Gets Better campaign.

Lilithe Magdalene

I love Dan Savage - he's a riot! Even if he is squicked by vaginas. And very vocal about it. It get's better is such a wonderful thing.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

It gets better---thank you for that.

stella bleu
stella bleu6 years ago

Great columns, great guy - Dan Savage, YOU ROCK!

Wayne M.
Wayne M6 years ago

"It gets better" may have been a good start, but for kids who are in their teens, waiting even a few years for "it" to start getting better seems like a very long time.

We now must move from "It gets better" to "Make it better".

This is a call to all teachers, religious leaders, community leaders and politicians to take strong and active steps to confront homophobia and anti-Gay bullying in all forms and make sure that youth actually experience life getting better and more hopeful.

wayne hall
wayne hall6 years ago

It is great to hear someone Gay,Bi and so on doing such great things I don't know the man at all I'm Aussie he's American, we both have one thing in common with each other, we are both Gay Males, keep up the good work and thanks for not only doing it for Gay And Transgender People but for any of the comunities among us the Bi, the Straight, Or lesbian any any others I might have not mentioned ( So sorry ) I am so proud of the 31 People in Thirtyone days,I must say we are really not alone now well done Gay Comunity THANK you.