WBEZ | It Gets Better http://www.wbez.org/tags/it-gets-better Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Year 25: Dan Savage http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25-0/year-25-dan-savage-105358 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78155145&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/dan%20savage1.jpg" style="width: 235px; float: right;" title="Dan Savage then, traveling in London" />Dan Savage is best known for writing, talking and giving advice about sex.</p><p>He writes the widely syndicated relationship and sex column&nbsp;called <a href="http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/SavageLove?oid=15876642">Savage Love</a>, and he also does a <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/savage-love-podcast/id201376301">podcast </a>by the same name.</p><p>You may have heard him on our air, as a contributor to <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/contributors/dan-savage">This American Life</a>.</p><p>He also is co-founder of the <a href="http://www.itgetsbetter.org/">It Gets Better Project</a>&nbsp;and he&#39;s authored a number of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&amp;field-author=Dan%20Savage&amp;search-alias=books&amp;sort=relevancerank">books</a>.</p><p>He grew up in Chicago, but now lives in Seattle with his husband Terry Miller and their son, DJ.</p><p>Aren&#39;t you wondering what he was up to at 25?&nbsp;</p><p>Dan spoke with WBEZ&#39;s Lauren Chooljian for the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25">Year 25 series</a> about being 25 and living in Berlin.</p><p>The year was 1989 - the same year the Wall came down.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25-0/year-25-dan-savage-105358 Looking back on a year of progress for LGBT rights http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/looking-back-year-progres-lgbt-rights-93563 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-28/IMG_3171.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>October marked many occasions, including <a href="http://lgbthistorymonth.com/" target="_blank">LGBT History Month</a>. The past year saw lots of progress for gay rights--the right to marry and legalized civil unions in some states and the end of the military's policy "Don’t ask, don’t tell;" two examples of progress.</p><p>Individual milestones also occurred: Anthony Alfano came out as the first openly gay student body president at <a href="http://www.depaul.edu/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">DePaul University</a>, the largest Catholic university in the country. He said his decision to talk about his sexual orientation in a very public way was difficult, but he hoped it would a positive impact on others.</p><p>Alfano pointed to the "<a href="http://www.itgetsbetter.org/" target="_blank">It Gets Better"</a> project as a positive influence for people struggling with their sexuality. The project is the series of testimonials from gay and straight people encouraging teens that a brighter future is possible. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> checked the pulse of the projects’ impact and the state of gay rights with <a href="http://www.windycitytimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Windy City Times</em></a> publisher Tracy Baim.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/looking-back-year-progres-lgbt-rights-93563