Texas A&M University-Kingsville

University Lectureship Series Presents: Dan Savage

Jones Auditorium - 01/29/13 - 01/29/13

Contact: Office of the Senior Vice President for Student and Fiscal Affairs
or 361-593-3612


Savage is the first speaker of the 2013 A&M-Kingsville University Lectureship Series

KINGSVILLE (January 10, 2013) – Dan Savage – creator of the It Gets Better project and Savage Love column –will be the first featured guest speaker of the 2013 Texas A&M University-Kingsville University Lectureship Series. Savage’s lecture will begin at 7p.m. Tuesday, January, 29, in Jones Auditorium on the campus of A&M-Kingsville. This event is free and open to the public. Savage’s presentation may not suitable for children the age of 18.

Savage will present “Savage Love Live”-- boldly covering everything and anything related to sex and relationships, including the taboo. 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 and the current political scene.

Savage pioneered the It Gets Better video project on YouTube. The project, which has gained immense popularity since its creation in September 2010, asks people to make and upload short positive videos highlighting their experiences in the LGBT community. Millions have viewed the videos and participated so far, including President Barack Obama and entertainer Janet Jackson. Advertising Age has called It Gets Better one of the top social media campaigns of 2010.  In March 2011, Savage released the book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living.  In February 2012, Savage hosted a television special, It Gets Better, on television channels MTV and Logo.

In June 2011, Savage won a Webby Special Achievement Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for the project. Savage was named one of the 2011 “Power 50” as well as the “Out 100” by Out magazine for the campaign’s tremendous impact on the LGBT community and was also selected for O, The Oprah Magazine’s 2011 O Wow! list of breakthrough achievers.

Savage's column, "Savage Love," first appeared in 1991, in the first issue of The Stranger—an alternative newspaper based in Seattle. Savage Love is now syndicated to better alternative weeklies across America.  In his new MTV series, Savage U, he travels the country, dispensing sex advice to college students.

Savage is the author of The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family, Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins And The Pursuit Of Happiness In America, Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist, and The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant. The latter book tells how Savage and his boyfriend adopted their son from his willing mother. It is also the inspiration for a musical from the producers of Avenue Q, which debuted in the 2009-2010 season for the New York-based New Group theater company.

In addition to writing his column, Savage is now the editor of The Stranger. He's also active in theater, directing plays under the name Keenan Hollahan. Keenan is Savage's middle name, and Hollahan is his grandmother's maiden name.

For more information about the A&M-Kingsville University Lectureship Series, contact the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student and Fiscal Affairs at 361-593-3612.

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