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Dan Savage's column, "Savage Love," is an internationally syndicated sex-advice column read by millions of people every week. He has written the column for ten years and it runs in more than seventy newspapers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Savage is also the editor of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly newspaper. Savage is the author of Savage Love, a collection of his advice columns, and The Kid, an award-winning memoir about adoption. Savage'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.

The New York Times hails him as the risqué "Dear Abby; Newsweek calls him a "mover and shaker." He's Dan Savage, author of the most irreverant, widely read syndicated sex advice column in America. For every man and woman Miss Manners has encouraged you to meet, Savage tells you what do do with them. Welcome to the down-and-dirty best of Savage Love, the advice column loved and reviled by more than 3.5 million people.

Brutally honest and scathingly funny, Dan Savage has the last word on everything from STDs and phony IDs to fetishes, fundamentalism, and orgasm (multiple, premature, and faked). There's also shrewd guidance for straight boys on women's genitals; how to cope with children and with herpes; and how to get into, out of, and off on a relationship. A first-time-ever book that features a collection of over 300 columns, plus an appendix with a resource list of national organizations and hotlines, Savage Love tells you (almost) everything you need to know about sex—from the queer who knows best.

The Kid:What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get
From Dan Savage, the writer whose sex-advice column, "Savage Love," enrages and excites four million people every week, comes the story of his journey into parenthood.

For Dan and his boyfriend, Terry, the odyssey begins at a seminar in Portland where (after rejecting the idea of making a "biokid" with a lesbian couple, a lesbian single, and their straight next-door neighbor) they decide on an "open adoption." The birth mother who selects them as the adoptive parents for her child is a street kid named Melissa, who had been drinking and using drugs until she discovered she was pregnant and who, despite doctor's orders, is still living on the streets. As Dan and Terry tag along on her prenatal visits and the due date rapidly approaches, the fears common to adoptive parents mount: what if the baby isn't healthy? What if we aren't parent material? What if the birth mother changes her mind and decides to keep the baby?

In The Kid, Dan Savage shares his views on what it means to be gay and raising a child in America today. In the process, he takes his usual scathingly funny potshots at everything from growing up gay to committing to a younger man, from the gay left to the religious right, homophobia...love...getting fat...getting married...getting older...and the very human desire to have a family.

Dan Savage is the author of four books, including Savage Love, a collection of his advice columns; Skipping Towards Gomorrah; The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family; and The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant, an award-winning memoir about adoption which is the inspiration for a new musical from the producers ofAvenue Q. Savage is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of the New York Times and to the public radio program This American Life. His writings have also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Salon.com, Nest, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and other publications. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, 20/20, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

Serving as the LGBT community’s own Ann Landers, gay rights speaker Dan Savage appeals to audiences - gay and straight - because of his frank, forthright, and funny discussions on sex and relationships.

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Savage Love Live

Boldly covering everything and anything related to sex and relationships, Dan Savage answers questions about virginity, orgasms, monogamy, and more. Not just an LGBT speaker, Dan Savage creates a space for all students to honestly discuss “taboo” topics. With the audience driving the discussion, the program can touch on any subject - from sexual problems to gay marriage to child-raising to sex education to the current political scene.

“It Gets Better”

Dan Savage and the Power of Community
“Savage Love” columnist Dan Savage may be known for his “nothing is taboo” discussions of sex and relationships, but in his “It Gets Better” project on YouTube, he addresses the epidemic suicide rate among gay teens. With more than half a million channel views in its first week, "It Gets Better" has gained immense popularity as an online community of hope and support for gay teens who struggle with social isolation, depression, and bullying. Speaking out to college audiences in multimedia and interactive presentations, Savage creates a place for young people of all orientations to share their stories and show their support. Refreshingly honest, riveting and direct, Savage’s approach has unleashed the power of community and aims to save lives.









" Sex advice columns provide enlightenment for the erotically challenged as well as voyeuristic entertainment, and the aptonymic Savage delivers on both counts. Channeling Dr. Ruth through the acid pen of H.L. Mencken, he leaves no fool unskewered while delivering startlingly frank, howlingly funny, and consistently excellent guidance for the intimate dilemmas of straights, gays, and everyone else. With his six-year-old column now syndicated in 16 newspapers, Savage maintains that his gayness gives him an advantage in his craft. Certainly his large hetero fan club--as well as this book--testify to his catholic skills. Dingbat-lovers, beware. Savage does not use four-letter words so much as wear them, with considerable and appropriate impact. The unique effect is of old-fashioned common sense, unconstrained by political correctness and cloaked in ultraradical lingo. Especially recommended for libraries in urban and university locations and wherever Savage Love is syndicated.

»» Martha Cornog, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia

" Easily one of the most laugh-out-loud hilarious books of the year. But it's because The Kid doesn't remain a mere giggle-fest that it's also one of the best. Intelligent, provocative, and disarmingly honest, this is Savage's touching—and irreverent—love letter to his new son .

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