WBEZ | Dan Savage http://www.wbez.org/tags/dan-savage Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Afternoon Shift: Dan Savage, Blackhawks parade and the week in review http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-06-28/afternoon-shift-dan-savage-blackhawks-parade-and-week-review <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/americansavage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago native Dan Savage&#39;s latest book is &quot;American Savage.&quot; The Blackhawks parade takes over the city Friday. Neil Steinberg and Eric Zorn take a look at the week in review.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-317.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-317" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift: Dan Savage, Blackhawks parade and the week in review" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-06-28/afternoon-shift-dan-savage-blackhawks-parade-and-week-review 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 Daily Rehearsal: Dan Savage spotted at Steppenwolf http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-27/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-spotted-steppenwolf-92490 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-27/dansavage_flickr_matt hickey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Julie Taymor will be asked questions</strong></span></span> about<em> Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark</em> until she dies. Now she says the media propagated misconceptions about the show, <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PEOPLE_JULIE_TAYMOR?SITE=AP&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT">but that</a>&nbsp;"I'm very proud of what I've done, and I'm proud of the people inside that show."&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-27/red man.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 179px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. It's "Paint the Town RED Day"</strong></span></span> according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel,&nbsp;"in honor of&nbsp;Chicago artists, the start of the theater season and the six-time&nbsp;Tony Award-winning play <em>Red </em>at Goodman Theatre. And have you seen the RED MAN running around downtown Chicago?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>Starting Here, Starting Now</em>&nbsp;by Theo Ubique</strong></span></span> is at No Exit Café, and BOY does it sound emotional! "A stirring coming of age story that unspools through poignant lyrics, exhilarating music and soaring voices as three young characters find love, lose it and find it again."&nbsp;It's dinner theater, but for $20, your meal does not include beverages, taxes, and tips/gratuities.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Chicago Shakespeare Theater returns to its roots</strong></span></span> for the London Olympics. It'll be part of the "Globe to Globe" international theater festival produced by the Globe in London. It's a piece of the <a href="http://www.bplondon2012.com/london_2012_fuelling_the_future/cultural_olympiad/">Cultural Olympiad</a>, which reinterpretes Shakespeare's work for a modern and global audience. Chicago Shakes will be contributing&nbsp;<i>Othello: The Remix</i>,&nbsp;which will be the play, but "presented in American hip-hop." The play will eventually be staged state-side, though no indication when.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-27/dansavage_flickr_matt hickey.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 199px;" title="Dan Savage (Flickr/Matt Hickey)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Dan Savage was <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/SteppenwolfThtr/status/118720154170429440">at <em>Clybourne Park </em></a></strong></span></span>at Steppenwolf on Sunday. At this point, it's a safe assumption that he's a fan of Chicago theater, due to the time he spends here because of his brother (who is a lecturere at Northwestern); Savage was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-11/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-homosexuals-88956">last seen</a> attending&nbsp;<em>The Homosexuals</em> in July.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-27/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-spotted-steppenwolf-92490 Daily Rehearsal: Dan Savage at 'The Homosexuals' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-11/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-homosexuals-88956 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-11/dansavage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-11/dansavage.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="Dan Savage at the 2011 Webby Awards (AP/Charles Sykes)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">1. Dan Savage was seen at <a href="http://aboutfacetheatre.com/?pg=homosexuals"><em>The Homosexuals</em></a>&nbsp;on Saturday night</span></strong></span>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>The Night Roars Cabaret</em> is at the <a href="http://www.darkroombar.com/">darkroom </a>tonight.</strong></span></span> Their will &nbsp;be nine performances, each only five minutes long, which means you can be out in the time it takes to watch an episode of CSI. Presented by Striding Lion, it will include work by&nbsp;<a href="http://honeypotperformance.com/">The Ladies Ring Shout</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/thecatamo%E2%80%8Bunts">The Catamounts</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.synapsearts.com">Synapse Arts' Factor Ricochet Ensemble</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/HarlotryA%E2%80%8BndNecromancy">The Harlotry &amp; Necromancy Appreciation Society</a>, several Striding Lion Performance Groups,&nbsp;and others.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">3. <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/3"><em>The&nbsp;Armando Diaz Experience</em></a> is at 8:30 and 10:30 tonight at iO</span></strong></span>. The show, which they call Chicago's longest running comedy show (who keeps track of these things? Is that even true? Is there some board with the records for this information?) and if you're lucky, some big-wig who started the show (Adam McKay,&nbsp;Dave Koechner or&nbsp;Armando Diaz himself) will be there to entertain you.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-11/ExTposter.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 196px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">4.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatre-y.com/Theatre_Y/Home.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">The Exiled Trilogy</a>&nbsp;continues on by Theater Y</span></strong></span>, with Albert Camus'&nbsp;<em>The Misunderstanding&nbsp;</em>wrapping up this summer's season on the 19th<em>.&nbsp;</em>It's at the Lacuna Artists Lofts in Pilsen. Be warned: this is not an uplifting play.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. Hannibal Burress <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0711-hannibal-buress-review-20110710,0,4404028.column">did well</a> at his Saturday night show at Zanies</span></strong></span>, where he'll be until July 17. Don't expect him to do anything particularly Chicago-centric through -- <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/hannibal-buress,58218/">he told The A.V. Club</a> that "I’m trying a few new things, but I’ll also do some stuff that works. I’ve got some new stuff that I haven’t done in Chicago yet that’s pretty solid and works, but I’ll also try a few new things. I’ll still be sure to keep it a good show."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-11/daily-rehearsal-dan-savage-homosexuals-88956 Barack Obama's same sex d-evolution http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-06-30/barack-obamas-same-sex-d-evolution-88594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/IMG_2690.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-30/dancloseuppin.jpg" style="width: 266px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; " title="">Barack Obama is now the last living Democrat whom anyone ever believed was progressive who’s not on board for same sex marriage.</p><p>Except, of course, that he used to be.</p><p>Back when he lived here in Chicago and went to dinner with his gay pals and celebrated their anniversaries and such.</p><p>Back around 1996, when he told Outlines (which later purchased and merged with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&amp;ADATE=2009-01-14&amp;AGALLERY=obama"><em>Windy City Times)</em></a>: “I favor legalizing same sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”</p><p>Nothing ambiguous there.</p><p>But just days ago, in response to New York’s legalization of same sex marriage, all the president could muster was that it was “a good thing” it had happened. Then he talked about marriage as a state issue as if he’d never gone to law school, as if he himself wasn’t the product of a marriage whose validity could have been called into question until a federal court decision six years after the fact made it moot.</p><p>At a LGBT fundraiser in the Big Apple just days after New York’s legalization, the president found himself hemming and hawing, embarrassing himself with verbal acrobatics to explain how much he’s for us except for this one tiny little thing which, if he okayed, might wreck his ascension.</p><p>No, not into heaven. Into a second-term.</p><p>Except that, does he really think there’s a soul in America whose vote is hanging on this one issue? A single voter who thinks it’s okay Obama passed national hates crime legislation, de-toothed the Defense of Marriage Act and lifted Don’t Ask Don’t Tell but will just have to walk away if Obama gives in and supports same sex marriage <em>again</em>?</p><p>The president says his position is “evolving,” that he sees “where the trends are going” – which I take as a wink-wink to hang in here cuz he’s gonna have a second-term epiphany.</p><p>In fact, the president's been de-volving: After giving his 1996 qujestionnaire answer, he switched up two years later to “undecided.” In 2004, running for U.S. Senate, he came out for civil unions for practical purposes, and by the time he was running for president, it had become a religious issue for him. Now he’s talking state’s rights – a cynical, ironic turn by our first African-American president.</p><p>“Obama is trying to have it both ways: garnering LGBT support by talking about equal rights, but not using the word marriage in a federal context so that he isn't quoted exactly supporting that concept,” says Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor of WCT and author of <a href="http://www.obamaandthegays.com/"><em>Obama and the Gays</em></a>. “But by equivocating on this issue, and calling it a ‘state’ issue when it is clearly also a federal issue, he is serving no one, and alienating some of his core base. They may not vote against him in 2012, but they also may not show up to vote for him. There needs to be a better message out there, because it is getting muddier and muddier, and many people are now just tuning him out.”</p><p>I'm with queer activist Dan Savage on this one. The legend on the button he wore to a White House LGBT gathering? "Evolve already."</p></p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-06-30/barack-obamas-same-sex-d-evolution-88594 Debate follies: Who knew Brady and Quinn could bring the funny? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann-news/debate-follies-who-knew-brady-and-quinn-could-bring-funny <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-21/brady-quinn.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img align="middle" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-21/brady-quinn.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p><b>Top story</b>: <a href="http://chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=45017">Last night's gubernatorial debate</a> between Republican candidate Bill Brady and Democratic candidate Pat Quinn not only flew in the face of the same old, same old, boring debate, but it qualified as a laugh riot. Both candidates used their time to tell us through various platitudes why we should vote for them. But they also decided to yuk it up with one-liners and put-downs that made our moderator Steve Edwards become the stuffy headmaster, telling the audience on numerous occasions &quot;Please, hold your applause til the end.&quot; It was fun to listen to.&nbsp; Is there any chance we could vote them both in? Think of the years of putdowns and hilarity!</p> <p>I'm not sure we learned anything, but if you are voting on sense of humor and candor - you might want to bring this into the voting booth with you.</p> <p>My favorite moment: Moderator Steve Edwards, after listening to both candidates avoid a panelists question, decided to have the panelist ask the same question over again. The candidates did an admirable job not answering the question again.<img alt="" src="http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif" title="More..." class="mceWPmore mceItemNoResize" /></p> <p><b>B story</b>: On Friday, the <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/feder/2010/10/lee-abrams-goes-down/39940">Tribune accepted the resignation of Chief Innovations Officer Lee Abrams</a>. This after he sent around an all-staff e-mail with inappropriate material.&nbsp; <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/feder/2010/10/editor-calls-damage-to-tribune-reputation-%E2%80%98shameful%E2%80%99/39987">Robert Feder followed up today</a>, focusing on what history will make of this blow-up between editorial and the boardroom. Interesting though, Newsroom editor Gerry Kern doesn't believe that Tribune Co. and the Chicago Tribune are the same organization.</p> <p>Also on the media beat, <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/feder/2010/10/blackhawks-romance-puts-reporting-career-on-ice/39982">Jen Patterson is out at Comcast</a> because of an alleged relationship with a Blackhawks player.&nbsp; Kind of a bad idea in the wake of the dust-up about women in the locker room. It would be like me dating Bill Brady. It just wouldn't be acceptable since I write about him.</p> <p>Also, did you <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sOuwImz1hU">see this video</a>? Last week, some numbskull from WIND radio tried to ask Rahm a bunch of leading questions while he was giving sound bites to local media. Watch Charles Thomas and Jay Levine freak out on him. Levine actually screams at him &quot;Shut your mouth or I'll deck you!!!!&quot; I don't know why, but watching local television reporters get so mad over a Rahm sound bite really gives me the giggles. Rumor has it that this guy may be looking into pressing charges based on Levine's threats, but that's ridiculous. You did your part. You made Chicago laugh.</p> <p><b>C story</b>: <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/">My bloggers</a> are killing it this week! It would be one thing to have one story (Feder gets all the credit for the Trib story), but quietly <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/jderogatis/2010/10/a-second-look-at-my-lollapalooza-tax-math/39092">Jim DeRogatis is grabbing the establishment's attention with his investigation into Lollapalooza</a>. Last night, Republican candidate for Governor Brady spent a few minutes talking about how the days of secret deals in state government are over. Rahm Emanuel has talked about how we need to be more transparent with our city contracts and business.&nbsp; Jim contends that Lolla got a sweetheart deal from the city and we could be seeing much more tax revenue from the summer festival in Grant Park.<a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3a26084b86-672b-4e45-931c-8434f4788429&amp;plckCommentSortOrder=TimeStampAscending&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com"> Crain's Chicago Business Columnist Greg Hinz</a> picked up the story on Friday and asked the same question. His final line after asking the same questions Jim asked in his work:</p> <blockquote><p>Those strike me as pretty good questions for the candidates to ponder as half the city prepares to run for mayor and alderman.</p></blockquote><blockquote> </blockquote> <p>Attn. mayoral candidates: Looking for a new parking meter story to get Chicago's attention??</p> <p><b>D story</b>: Another story our blogger has been all over: Whittier Elementary sit-in. Did you know that the sit-in to save the field house at Whittier Elementary in Pilsen has been going on for 34 days? <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/blog/moore">Our Revision Street: America blogger Anne Elizabeth Moore is all over it</a>. She's collected the stories of the protesters over the past month and today she follows some of the parents and community organizers down to CPS headquarters to get CPS Chief Ron Huberman to<a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=44981"> execute what he promised</a>.&nbsp; Before the weekend, Huberman said that he would be amenable to keeping the field house operational as a library if the building was repaired. But after that sound bite, Huberman hasn't followed through. The parents and protesters want to make sure he does. Anne is down at the headquarters this morning and will have more today or tomorrow.</p> <p><b>Weather</b>: I'm not sure - is today a good weather day or a bad weather day?</p> <p><b>Sports</b>: The Bears wrap-up is coming; will be up shortly. I watched the Vikings/Cowboys and Redskins/Colts last night and I didn't see any tackle or guard make fundamental mistakes that left Jay Cutler to fend for himself against oncoming blitzing defenders.&nbsp; Oh, I also watched college ball too. Nope. No bush league offensive line play in amateur football. It's almost like tackles and guards figure out how to block at a very young age.&nbsp; Huh. If I were Cutler or Forte, I might think of striking, forming a picket line outside Soldier Field. Actually, the fans should. We won't buy any more merchandise until they figure out how to do their job.</p> <p><b>Kicker</b>: This isn't the kind of kicker that is all jokey, but this one is just cool. In response to <a target="_blank" href="http://chicagoist.com/2010/09/22/dan_savage_tells_lgbt_youth_it_gets.php">Dan Savage's &quot;It Gets Better&quot; campaign</a> to let GLBT teens know that bullying is a short-term thing and life does indeed go on, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus put this video together. Now, I'm not sure I am convinced Savage's campaign takes on bullying the way we should, but this campaign has heart. As does this video:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><object height="385" width="480" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XnDPmOsxDs0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="src" /> <param value="true" name="allowfullscreen" /><embed height="385" width="480" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XnDPmOsxDs0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann-news/debate-follies-who-knew-brady-and-quinn-could-bring-funny