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American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

by Dan Savage


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On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, Dan Savage delivers “powerful messages for both the head and heart” (Entertainment Weekly)
From the moment he began writing his syndicated sex-advice column, Savage Love, Dan Savage has never been shy about expressing his opinion on controversial topics—political or otherwise. Now, he addresses issues ranging from parenting and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and health care. Among them:

   •  Why straight people should have straight “pride” parades, too
   •  Why Obamacare, as good as it is, is “still kinda evil”
   •  Why what passes for sex-ed in America is more like “sex dread”
   •  Why the Bible is “only as good and decent as the person reading it”
Speaking to a broad range of subjects with brutal honesty and irreverent humor, American Savage cements Dan Savage’s place as a provocative and insightful voice in American culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142181003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dan Savage lives in Seattle.

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6. My Son Comes Out

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 At a Loss 5

2 It's Never Okay to Cheat (Except When It Is) 19

3 Sex Dread 41

4 The GGG Spot 53

5 The Choicer Challenge 67

6 My Son Comes Out 75

7 Crazy, Mad, Salacious 93

8 Folsom Prism Blues 101

9 The Straight Pride Parade 121

10 Four Closet Cases 131

11 Mistakes Were Made 141

12 On Being Different 163

13 Extended Stay 173

14 Rick and Me 185

15 Still Evil. Less Evil. But Still Evil. 203

16 It's Happened Again 231

17 Bigot Christmas 239

Epilogue 277

Acknowledgments 281

Notes 283

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“An off-shoot of Savage’s online movement to reach out to bullied gay teens, this collection gathers inspiring essays from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn, and Barack Obama.”
Entertainment Weekly’s ‘Must List’

“Handpicked and heartfelt essays from contributors famous and obscure, gay and straight.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“If a copy of It Gets Better could find a home in every school library in America, think how many teachers, administrators, and parents would have the tools they need to improve their school’s climate.”
The Huffington Post

“Brand-new and expanded essays, a section devoted to resources for LGBT teens, and an introduction from Savage that looks back at the project’s meteoric rise to viral fame. It’s chicken soup for the gay teenage soul.”


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