Dan Savage – writer, humorist, sex advice columnist, and gay activist – appears on This American Life, talking about growing up gay, and Catholic, and about the death of his mother a few years back and how it changed him.
This video is considered a Dan Savage classic. I’d never seen it before. It’s terribly moving.
I’ve written before about Dan, and my great respect, and fondness, for him (I also interviewed Dan Savage on a Google Hangout on Air a few months ago about his new book, “American Savage.”) I met Dan, virtually, back in 2000 while working on StopDrLaura.com, our campaign against Dr. Laura Schlessinger and her anti-gay prejudice. Dan contacted me out of nowhere and offered to help. And he did.
That was the beginning of a long working friendship that was finally consummated over dinner at a Thai/Japanese place just off of Dupont Circle in DC a few years back, and Dan was as fun and fascinating in person as he is by phone. Just a wonderful friend to us all. I can’t gush enough about the guy. (And yeah, he really is that cute in person.)