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Human beings don’t come about in a more radical fashion than media personality Dan Savage. The author, journalist and political commentator is best known for his sex advice, writing the Savage Love column which appears in newspapers across the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, and Asia. He also does the Savage Lovecast, a podcast version of his column where he takes phone calls and gives advice.
Savage is also a known gay rights activist and is the co-founder of the award-winning ‘It Gets Better’ project which tackles suicide among young LGBT youths. Read on to find out more about his early beginnings, career path, and personal life.
Dan Savage Biography
The sex specialist was born Daniel Keenan Savage, the third of four children to Judith (nee Schneider) and William Savage Sr., on the 7th of October, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. He is of German and Irish ancestry and was raised as a Roman Catholic.
Due to his family’s strong ties to Catholicism, his parents enrolled him at Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, a boys only school for intending priests. Dan Savage did not go ahead to make the dreams of his family come through as he went on to study acting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
After graduating, Savage moved to West Berlin where he lived for two years before returning to the United States in 1990. By 1991, he took a job as a video store manager in Madison, Wisconsin, where he met Tim Keck, the co-founder of the international satirical newspaper company, The Onion. Following a conversation between the two, Savage suggested to Keck that he should put in an advice column in his soon to be established Seattle based newspaper, “The Stranger” because according to him, people always need advice. To his greatest surprise, Keck asked him to produce a sample column and when he did, he was offered the job.
This kick-started the career of Dan Savage as a sex adviser columnist which by 1994 encompassed a three-hour long call-in show on the KCMU Seattle radio station. By 1998, after he left his radio show, he was hired by ABC News to write a column on their website.
During this time, Dan Savage made sure to keep in touch with his roots in acting. Under the pseudonym Keenan Hollohan, he works as a theater director and founded the Seattle Greek Active Theater.
Is He Gay?
Dan Savage is gay and very proud of it. The outspoken sex advice columnist came out as gay in 1979, a time in which gay people were subjected to verbal, emotional, and even physical abuse. He has since then become an activist for the LGBTQ community, championing gay rights issues like same-sex marriage and also providing a platform to protect young gay people from committing suicide due to the abuse they receive from their peers.
Who is His Husband (Terry Miller) and Son?
Not everyone in the world will be lucky enough to meet their soulmate and even if they do, one reason or the other may lead to them never ever being together. This, however, cannot be said for Dan Savage as he looks to have found the only person in the world that would give him the opportunity to be the best he can be.
He is married to underwear model Terry Miller who he has publicly said is the reason behind his successful career due to the fact that Miller is a stay-at-home partner and takes good care of him. Due to the lack of provision of same-sex marriage in the United States in 2005, the couple first exchanged vows in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) before later doing so again in the state of Washington in 2012 after it was legalized. They were among the first 11 couples that the state issued marriage licenses on December 9, 2012, at Seattle City Hall.
Savage and Miller have gone on to acquire a huge social media following and have been described as a gay power couple. Together, they adopted a son named D.J. who was reportedly born in 1998. Not much is known about their now teenage son other than that unlike his parents, he is straight and has been spotted out and about with an unidentified female.