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Dan Savage
(7 October 1964 - living) U.S.A.

Dan Savage

Author, columnist


Daniel Keenan "Dan" Savage, born near Chicago, Illinois, the son of Judith "Judy" (née Schneider), who worked at Loyola University, and William Savage, Sr. He has German and Irish ancestry. The third of four children, Savage was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North. Savage attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a BFA in Acting.

He is an openly gay sex-advice columnist, author and media pundit whose strong opinions pointedly clash with both traditional conservative moral values and those put forth by what Savage has been known to call the "gay establishment".

After growing up in Chicago, Savage studied theater and history. As a writer and director for theater, in the mid-1990s Savage (working under the name "Keenan Hollahan") was founder of Seattle's Greek Active Theater which mainly staged queer re-contextualizations of classic works, such as a tragi-comic Macbeth with both the titular character and Lady Macbeth played by performers of the opposite gender.

His relationship and sex advice column Savage Love is internationally syndicatedand read by millions of people every week. Savage originally conceived of the column as mainly advice for heterosexuals from a queer nationalist, and wanted to call the column "Hey Faggot!" His editors at the time refused his choice of column name, but for the first several years of the column, he attached "Hey Faggot!" at the beginning of each printed letter as a salutation.

Dan Savage
Dan Savage, right, participates in an ACT UP Madison demonstration to protest the denial of daycare services
to the child of an HIV-positive mother
Madison, Wisconsin, June 1991. Photo © University of Wisconsin-Madison

The idea that he was primarily a "neutral party" advising heterosexuals quickly fell away: today, gays are undoubtedly disproportionately represented among his correspondents.

He has written three books: Savage Love, a collection of letters from his column; The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant, an award-winning memoir relating how he and his boyfriend adopted a baby boy; and Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America, describing his exploration of the seven deadly sins.

Dan is also editor of the Seattle weekly newspaper The Stranger and a contributor to This American Life, an hour long radio show on Chicago's WBEZ syndicated by PRI. From 1994 to 1997, he had a weekly 2-hour call-in show called Savage Love Live on Seattle's KCMU (now KEXP). From 1998 to 2000, he ran the bi-weekly advice column Dear Dan on the news website abcnews.com.

Dan's writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Salon.com, Nest, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and other publications. He has also contributed numerous pieces to This American Life on NPR. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, have one adopted son, D.J. They were married in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) in 2005. Following the 2012 legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington state, he and Miller were part of the first group of 11 couples to receive Washington state marriage licenses. Savage and Miller were married on December 9, 2012, at Seattle City Hall, opened on Sunday especially for the purpose of hosting the first same-sex weddings in Washington state, with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and others in attendance.

In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, founded the "It Gets Better Project" after the suicide of bullying-victim Billy Lucas. The project provides a forum for queer and allied adults to speak directly to queer youth and to assure them that life can improve despite early struggles.


Sources: http://lgbt-history-archive.tumblr.com/ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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