Dan Savage

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Dan Savage in 2005

Dan Savage (born October 7 1964) s an American author, media pundit, journalist, and activist for the LGBT community. He writes Savage Love, an internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column. 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.


  • We don't say to women, "what do you mean you had a three way with two girls and a guy and you ate her pussy a little bit. You must be a lesbian." But we say to guys, "you mean you [touched a dick]. You must be a fag."… Straight male sexuality is all about this paranoia about am I feminine or am I gay. So the man who allows himself to do something perceived as womanly or faggoty is not a man anymore.
  • The butt is not a magical place that only gay people can visit, like a leather bar or the Liberace Museum.
    • Butting In, Savage Love column, The Stranger, 27 June 2002
  • But just because we're conditioned to view some things as disgusting and immoral doesn't mean that some things aren't, in actual point of fact, disgusting and immoral. Human sacrifice, for instance. Or cannibalism. Or Ann Coulter.
    • Incestathon, Savage Love column, The Stranger, 1 August 2002
  • Seattle sucks. New York and Chicago are real cities. Seattle is Dubuque, Iowa, putting on airs. People here think Seattle is Paris... it ain't. I've been to Paris, and this place isn't Paris.
    • Interview on Zulkey.com, 28 March 2008
  • One man's piss-soaked sadomasochistic orgy is another man's poetic ecstasy.
  • There is a Karmic Rule of Kink (KROK), and it goes something like this: "Dump the honest foot fetishist and you will marry the dishonest necrophiliac." Break up with a guy over his relatively tame fetish — and a foot fetish is about as tame as they get — and KROK will make sure your next boyfriend is some lying corpsefucker who tells you only what you want to hear. ("Honestly, honey, I only like live girls!") Only after you've married the corpsefucker and had a few kids — once extricating yourself from the marriage becomes a hugely complicated ordeal — will he ask you to lie in a tub of ice until you're good and cold. And when you're lying in that tub of ice — and odds are you will, because you won't want to put your poor kids through a divorce — you'll remember that sweet, harmless foot fetishist whose heart you broke back in college, the man you could have married.
    • Mary's Uterus, Savage Love column, The Stranger, 14 December 2006

Skipping Towards Gomorrah (2002)[edit]

  • My proof that homosexuality is not a choice? A question for my straight male readers: Is there anything I could do or say or write that would convince you to willingly, happily, eagerly, anxiously, deliriously, lustfully put my dick in your mouth and leave it there until I had an orgasm? I rest my case.
    • p. 79
  • Every American may have equal access to ice cream, but there's no guarantee that the outcome of eating ice cream will be equal.
    • p. 165
  • I wasn't going to argue with a German about the psychology of a forced march – not even a guiltless German.
    • p. 203
  • No one has ever gone broke underestimating the insecurities of the gay and lesbian consumer.
    • p. 216
  • Take me to the driest county in the most conservative state, and in two hours this determined hedonist will find you all the drugs, whores, and booze you'll need to pass an eventful weekend.
    • p. 235
  • So while gun owners are always saying that owning guns is about defending freedom, the only freedom gun owners seem interested in defending with their guns is the freedom to defend their freedom to own guns.
    • p. 249
  • Natural isn't something I get called a lot in Texas.
    • p. 256
  • The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness means that each of us is free to go our own way, even if the ways some of us may choose to go seem sinful or shocking to our fellow citizens.
    • p. 299

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