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Brooklyn Journo Heads to Toronto to Ask – Do I Sound Gay?

It started, as so many independent film efforts these days do, on Kickstarter. In the case of Brooklyn journalist David Thorpe, he was able this spring to raise a very impressive total of $120,523.

The other remarkable thing about Thorpe’s feature documentary Do I Sound Gay? is how quickly it has progressed from the May 30 campaign close to a world premiere. The film will be unveiled Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. From the synopsis:

After a break-up with his boyfriend, Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people — both gay and straight — often wish for a different voice.

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Ellen Page Credits Dan Savage with Helping Her Finally Come Out

Only in Hollywood. Before Ellen Page revealed her true self, spectacularly this past Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas, she would have conversations about such a move with her publicist. And each time, per Seth Abramovitch‘s Hollywood Reporter cover story, publicist Kelly Bush, a lesbian mom to two daughters, would argue the time was not yet right.

And if Page hadn’t caught a certain episode of a long-running TV talk show in her native land, she and Bush might still be having that same conversation. From the THR article:

Although no single incident led to her decision, Page does reference a Dan Savage appearance in July 2013 on the Canadian talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight as having had a profound effect on her. Savage, the in-your-face columnist behind the “It Gets Better” campaign, laid out his argument for coming out in very plain terms.

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Dan Savage on Alternative Weeklies, Savage U

Nationally syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage is known for discussing all things X-rated, but I recently had the chance to interview him for “So What Do You Do?” to discuss the future of alternative weeklies, how he branched out into other media outlets and his new MTV show, Savage U.

On if alternative weeklies will fare any better in the digital era:

DS: I don’t! The print media is in trouble everywhere and is having to transition and transition fast to the new economic models.

If his other media ventures were deliberate moves or did other outlets approach him:

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Sexpert Dan Savage Says His Column Was ‘Too Dirty for New York’

With 21 years of experience under his belt, Dan Savage knows sex — sex journalism, that is. In’s So What Do You Do interview, the noted columnist and star of MTV’s Savage U discussed how today’s media coverage on sex and homosexuality has changed since he first launched “Savage Love” in Seattle’s The Stranger in 1991.

“When I started the column, The Village Voice wouldn’t pick it up because it was too dirty for New York, which was saying something,” Savage recalled. “I was writing this column for kinky, rainy Seattle, and the then editor of the Chicago Reader told me that if I wanted to be in the Chicago Reader I had to write less about anal sex. I think that has changed and the Internet helped change it, because suddenly there was this place for sex writing without the gatekeepers and this paranoia that some child somewhere might pick up this newspaper.”

Find out how he finally got his column syndicated in So What Do You Do, Dan Savage?.


Dan Savage’s Milky, Frothy Threat to Rick Santorum

As you may have heard, or googled, sex columnist Dan Savage has already redefined Rick Santorum‘s last name as “the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” Now Savage is threatening to redefine the name “Rick” if Santorum continues using homophobia as a campaign tool. Let’s just say it involves “milky froth” and “turkey jerky.”

Play nice, Rick. Because we know Savage won’t.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Joins Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has lent their voices to Dan Savage‘s online “It Gets Better” campaign to end bullying against LGBT youth–with a rendition of Cyndi Lauper‘s “True Colors.” The production team for the video packs some serious names, including Brian Graden, former President of Programming at MTV, VH1, CMT and the LGBT channel Logo; Emmy Award-winning producer/director Tim Atzinger; and John Lavin of Bloodrush Films.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Fort Worth City Councilman’s ‘It Gets Better’
  • Obama Makes an ‘It Gets Better’ Message–Dan Savage Tells Him to ‘Make It Better’
  • Obama Makes an ‘It Gets Better’ Message–Dan Savage Tells Him to ‘Make It Better’

    President Obama has hopped on Dan Savage‘s “It Gets Better” campaign against gay bullying–even as his administration has decided to appeal a court’s ruling that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unconstitutional.

    Savage spoke with CNN this morning about Obama’s video and said that while he was happy for Obama’s support, he wants to see policy change to accompany the rhetoric.

    “Here you have the President of the United States saying that you didn’t choose it — to be gay — and you will get through this…that said, the President of the United States has the power to do more than assure LGBT kids that it will get better; the President of the United States has the power to make it better for LGBT adults and children.”

    Video of Savage’s appearance after the jump:

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    Fort Worth City Councilman’s ‘It Gets Better’

    Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns adds to sex advice columnist Dan Savage‘s “It Gets Better Project” in the wake of a rash of tweens and teens committing suicide because they were gay…or at least bullied as “gay.”

    Just try to watch the video with a dry eye. Go ahead. Go on and try you heartless jerks!

    Here’s Savage’s project.

    How’s That Whole ‘Being Nice’ Thing Working Out, Perez?

    As you may have heard, spurred on by “Savage Love” columnist Dan Savage‘s “It Gets Better” campaign–an effort to stem the tide of bullying against gay teens–gossip blogger Perez Hilton has made a very public vow to be nicer. Yes, this the same Perez Hilton who makes a living by calling celebrities bitchy names like “Maniston” (Jennifer Aniston) and posting pictures of celebs he doesn’t like with semen photoshopped on their chin.

    So…how’s that whole nice working out?

    So far the results seem mixed. The site’s been pretty bland today. But Hilton just couldn’t resist taking a dig at one of his favorite targets: Miley Cyrus.

    The headline above is in reference to a video Hilton posted of the singer Ke$ha, entitled “Ke$ha getting served a buffet of dicks,” which shows the starlet drunk and asking a bunch of cameramen to whip out their respective junk for her inspection. Hmmm, comparing 17-year-old Cyrus with a drunk 23-year-old adult trying to get a peak at some wiener…

    Just a hint Perez. If you’re really looking to become less of a bully, 17-year-old girls are probably the ones you should lay off of first.

    Correction: Elderly Gay Couple Deemed ‘Roommates’ by Sonoma County Were in Allegedly in Abusive Relationship

    Sonoma County took an elderly man who had fallen down the stairs and put him in a nursing home separate from his partner of 20 years. That man, Clay Greene died alone in the home. The state then auctioned off the couple’s belongings and the surviving partner sued. Dan Savage picked up the story, as did we. Then according to the county who has no doubt heard from the outraged all over the country, relayed that the guy who ended up in the hospital was being physically abused by his partner of 20 years and the state intervened.

    Here’s the letter from the Deputy County Counsel’s office.

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