Writer, TV personality and activist Dan Savage joins us to discuss his frank approach to social commentary and activism. Signed copies of one of Savage’s books will be raffled to benefit a local LBGTQ organization.
Savage is best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships. Savage’s sex advice column, “Savage Love,” is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He is the editorial director of The Stranger, Seattle’s weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone and The Onion, as well as on Salon.com.
In addition to his appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and The Colbert Report, Savage is a contributor to Ira Glass’s This American Life, and has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and ABC’s 20/20. He is a frequent and popular speaker on college campuses across the United States and Canada.
Savage is also the author of several books, including: Savage Love; The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant (PEN West Award for Creative Nonfiction, Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction); Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America; and The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family. In his latest bestselling book, American Savage, he shares his insights on topics ranging from marriage, parenting and the gay agenda, to the Catholic Church and sex education. It’s Savage’s frank and open discussions on such topics that had Publisher’s Weekly rave that he is, “America’s most in-your-face sex columnist and gay rights activist.”
In September 2010, Savage created a YouTube video with his husband, Terry Miller, to inspire hope for LGBT young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives, Savage and Miller wanted to create a personal message to let LGBT youth know that “it gets better”. Today, the It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 It Gets Better videos viewed more than 50 million times. The It Gets Better book, co-edited by Savage and Miller, was published in March 2011, and an MTV documentary special, It Gets Better, aired in February 2012.
This moderated discussion will take place in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Presented in partnership with the City of Scottsdale Office of Diversity, Scottsdale Human Relations Commission and media partner Echo Magazine.