Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dan Savage hits national TV, strikes back at critics

The Advocate reports: When MTV premiers a one-hour special tonight called It Gets Better, host Dan Savage will yet again become the face of the LGBT adult world as it delivers a message to young people. This time, he’s sending them three, documentary-style coming out stories instead of the thousands of YouTube videos from adults promising a better future.

Viewers on MTV and Logo tonight at 11 p.m. ET will meet Greg, Vanessa and Aydian — a closeted student body president, a lesbian fighting for her family’s acceptance, plus a trans man trying to get married.

And while Savage has often called himself an imperfect messenger for the movement, it was during the taping of the special and his upcoming MTV sex advice show, called Savage U, that some tried again to question whether the outspoken, nationally syndicated sex columnist really represents them. It was during a taping of Savage U in Vancouver that he was glitter-bombed by trans activists for what they say is a history of transphobia.

In a wide-ranging interview with the controversial civil rights activist, the lead Google bomber admits he finds Rick Santorum’s chances of beating Mitt Romney “terrifying.” He wonders aloud whether their antigay views are contributing to the suicide epidemic. And Savage responds to his trans critics, accusing them of opposing marriage equality.

But amid all of that, as is always the case with Savage, he has a deadly serious mission for helping youth survive.

You can read the whole Advocate article here.

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