Seattle, Washington , United States
|| October 07, 1964
May 12, 2006 06:06pm
Liberal - Atheist - Gay -
|Info||Daniel Keenan Savage (born October 7, 1964 near Chicago, Illinois) is an openly gay American sex-advice columnist, author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor 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." He is also a playwright and theater director, both under his real name and under the name Keenan Hollahan, using his middle name and his grandmother's maiden name. |
His internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column is Savage Love. Its tone is humorous, profane, and on occasion hostile to conservative opponents. In addition to authoring four books, Savage is currently the 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 at least September 1994 until 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.
His political bent is primarily leftist or liberal, with a pronounced libertarian streak. He does not, however, shy away from defending unexpected positions: he disapproves of the gay pride theme, has called for harsher civil penalties against people who knowingly place others at risk of HIV, and supports sending more American troops to Iraq in order to improve the situation of civilians there. He himself describes his view towards family as "conservative", and his boyfriend is a "stay-at-home dad" for the couple's adopted son, but at the same time is skeptical towards the concept of monogamy. He has often clashed with other perceived leaders of Seattle's gay community. He is also friends with the controversial gay pundit and self-labeled South Park Republican Andrew Sullivan, whose influential blog he took over for a week in August 2005 while Sullivan was on vacation.