Daniel Keenan Savage was born October 7, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. Dan’s parents, William and Judy Savage, were of Irish ancestry and raised him and his three other siblings in a Roman-Catholic household. After high school, Dan attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he majored in theater and history. He became theater director at the university and used the stage name Keenan Hollahan. Hollahan was his grandmother’s maiden name.
In 1991, Savage moved to Madison, Wisconsin after he graduated college and started a sex advice column called Savage Love. The openly gay writer used the column as a forum for his opinions on love, sex, and family. The column’s popularity grew and Savage Love Live on Seattle’s radio was born. From 1994 to 1997 people would call him on the radio to get advice about relationships, sex, and family. During 1998 to 2000 Dan wrote an advice column called Dear Dan.
Dan kept writing pieces for different media outlets during the 21st century. He began to tour the country with speaking engagements at various types of events about relationships, sex, family, politics, and issues in society. In 2005, Dan married Terry Miller in Vancouver. A few years later, the couple adopted a son named D.J.
September 21, 2010, Terry and Dan started the It Gets Better Project. The project is aimed at suicidal homosexual youth who are subject to bullying because of their sexual orientation. The project started as a video reassuring homosexual youth that life can improve after bullying. Now, the project has become a worldwide movement.
Earlier this year Savage U premiered on MTV and it featured Dan traveling to different college campuses. He would talk to college students about sex, relationships, and the new culture they are growing up in.
Dan has written five books:
- It Gets Better: Coming Out
- Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living
- The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant
- Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America
- The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
- Savage Lone: Straight Answers from America’s Most Popular Sex Columnist
He makes guest appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and Anderson Cooper 360 talking about issues involving the gay and lesbian community. Dan may have been known for his relationship, sex, and family advice, but the humanitarian uses his outspoken personality to bring light to societal issues that should not be ignored.