The world according to Dan Savage

Dan Savage is known for his strong opinions and willingness to tackle tough questions (Charles Sykes/AP)


Over the past two decades, Dan Savage has established himself as the "go-to guy" for those in need of sex advice. He's known for his internationally syndicated relationship column, Savage Love, and his recent "It Gets Better" campaign for struggling gay teens.

Savage joins guest host Gill Deacon to talk about his "accidental" collection of essays: American Savage: insights, slights, and fights on faith, sex, love, and politics.

The best-selling author reflects on coming out (with the help of his Catholic priest) in the early 80s, how he felt when his son "came out as straight," and why he thinks everyone has a moral responsibility to live their truth.

Savage on 'straight pride'

Savage also demonstrated his knack for expressing contrarian views by endorsing the notion of "straight pride parades" in North America.

He notes that the diverse displays of sexuality at gay pride parades, complete with nudity or drag or leather, leaves people with "the real impression that there's not just one way to be gay."

"The problem for a lot of straight people is there's kind of a cultural consensus that shoves down all of their throats that there's really only one way to be straight," said Savage.

"If we had a straight pride parade -- this event one day a year where straight people, in all of their glorious diversity, could march down the street celebrating all the different ways in which straightness can be expressed, that would be healthy."

Heterosexual people who are polyamorous, kinky, non-monogamous or otherwise defying the "straight script," he noted, also need opportunities to "let their freak flags fly."

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