Keynote Speaker: Dan Savage

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  • Critically acclaimed creator of sex advice column “Savage Love

  • Out-spoken advocate for LGBT rights

  • Author, journalist, columnist, media pundit, newspaper editor

Savage Love

Begun in 1991 and now with 14 millions readers, Savage Love runs in 16 papers in the United States and Canada, including The Village Voice and the San Francisco Weekly, as well as dozens of magazines and newspapers in Europe and Asia.

"His flip, funny, no-holds-barred tone has an edge that his 4 million readers either adore or abhor - and keep coming back for more." - Stephen Blake of Gay and Lesbian Humanist

It Gets Better Project

WINNER of 2011 Webby Award for Special Achievement
WINNER of 2011 Anthony Giffard "Make the Change" Award
WINNER of 2013 Bonham Centre Award.
An internet-based, nonprofit organization founded by Dan Savage and husband Terry Miller in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied simply because they were gay. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, LGBT youth can't imagine what their future may hold. The Project’s goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth around the world via a series of videos submitted by people all around the world telling them that life gets better after bullying. The site has more than 50,000 entries from people of all sexual orientations, and many celebrities - including Barack Obama and Ellen DeGeneres.
The videos have now received over 50 million views.
Dan’s work for LGBT youth saw him as the WINNER of the 2013 Humanist of the Year from American Humanist Association.


• “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant” – WINNER 1999 PEN West Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction

• “Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America” – WINNER 2003 Lambda Literary Award, featured selection at The Best American Sex Writing 2004 awards

• “The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family” – Reached New York Times best seller list one month after publication

• Also critically acclaimed: “Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist”; “How to Be a Person: The Stranger's Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself”; “American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics”

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