Dan Savage : biography
Daniel Keenan "Dan" Savage (born October 7, 1964) is an American author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor."i was 16 ... We were anti-draft-registration in 1981." Savage Love, the Comic, p. 3. (Seattle, WA:Bear Bones Press, 1994), located at and ; see also "1994: Gay newspaper advice columnist Dan Savage produces two issues of the comic book SAVAGE LOVE (Bear Bones Press, 1994), found at . Retrieved September 24, 2008. Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth. He has also worked as a theater director, sometimes credited as Keenan Hollahan.
In his writing and public appearances, Savage has clashed with social conservatives on the right and the gay establishment on the left. He has been particularly vocal in response to Rick Santorum's views on homosexuality.
In addition to his advice column, Savage has written four books, edited one book, and authored various op-ed pieces in The New York Times.
|1999||The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant||PEN West Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction||PEN Center USA||Won|
|2003||Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America||Lambda Literary Award||Lambda Literary Foundation||Won|
|2004||The Best American Sex Writing 2004||Running Press||Featured selection|
|2011||It Gets Better Project||Webby Award for Special Achievement||International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences||Won|
|Anthony Giffard "Make the Change" Award||Master of Communications in Digital Media program, University of Washington||Won|
|2013||It Gets Better Project||Bonham Centre Award||The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies University of Toronto||Won|
|2013||Advocacy of separation of church and state and work for LGBT youth||2013 Humanist of the Year||The American Humanist Association||Won|
Dan Savage was born to William and Judy Savage in Chicago, Illinois, and is of Irish ancestry. The third of four children, Savage was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, which he has described as "a Catholic high school in Chicago for boys thinking of becoming priests." Though Savage has stated that he is now "a wishy-washy agnostic" and an atheist,"If Osama bin Laden were in charge, he would slit my throat; my God, I'm an atheist, a hedonist, and a faggot." Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America Dan Savage, Plume, 2002, p. 258. he has said that he still considers himself "culturally Catholic."
Savage attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied theater and history.
In a 2006 interview with the Daily Pennsylvanian, Savage stated that then-Green Party Senate candidate Carl Romanelli, who Savage claimed was partially funded by state Republicans for a spoiler effect against Democrat Bob Casey, "should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there's nothing left but the rope". In the same interview, he stated, "Mr. Romanelli should go fuck himself." Immediately after the interview, Savage wrote, "I regret using that truck metaphor, and didn't mean it literally, and it was in poor taste, and I regret it.", October 12, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2007.
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