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Dan Savage, Founder of the “It Gets Better” Project
This news story has arrested my attention this week. It is about a national journalism conference for high school-aged teens in Seattle hosted by National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association. The hosts invited anti-bullying speaker Dan Savage as the keynote speak for their conference.
Savage is the founder of the “It Gets Better” Project, a resource created “to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years.” In colorfully inappropriate language, Savage voices his contempt for the Bible’s position on homosexuality, slavery, virginity, menstruation, masturbation, and shellfish, among other things. Towards the end of the clip below, Mr Savage reveals where the real tension lies: “I have a right to defend myself and to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible….”