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Writer, Activist and TV Personality Dan Savage to Speak at KU

February 27, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dan Savage, founder of the anti-bullying YouTube campaign "It Gets Better Project," which provides hope for young  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people facing harassment, will present "Savage Love Live" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 11 in Schaeffer Auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Savage, who is also a best-selling author, TV personality and popular sex advice columnist, is best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships.

His "It Gets Better Project" has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50 million views of 50,000 "It Gets Better" videos. The book "It Gets Better," co-edited by Savage and Terry Miller, was published in March 2011, and an MTV documentary aired in February 2012.

Savage's sex advice column, "Savage Love," is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He is the editorial director of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in several publications, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and on www.salon.com.

In addition to his appearances on CNN, MSNBC and "The Colbert Report," Savage is a contributor to Ira Glass' "This American Life," and has appeared on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," and ABC's "20/20."

Savage's latest project is his television series for MTV, "Savage U." Cameras follow Savage and his producer Lauren Hutchinson as they travel to college campuses across the country, taking students' questions and offering a crash course on relationships, responsibility, sex, love and life.

Savage grew up in Chicago and now lives in Seattle, Washington, with his husband Terry Miller and their son, DJ.

This event is co-sponsored by Kutztown University's Foundation and Alumni Engagement office; Association of Campus Events; Department of Communication Studies and Theatre; Department of English; and GLBTQ Center.