Dan Savage Comes Up With His Next Genius Idea: Following LGBT Politicians Around

Besides writing a weekly advice column, recording podcasts, taping MTV’s Savage U, making appearances on cable news shows, shepherding It Gets Better and angering trans activists, Dan Savage doesn’t have a lot to do.

Why is why he’s taken on another project: looking at LGBT political candidates across the country as they prepare to run for office.

The acerbic advocate and a production team from MTV have been granted access by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund to film at its LGBT Candidate and Campaign Training sessions.

“This is uncharted territory,” said Savage.  ”We’re seeing progress on LGBT issues, but in order to effect real change, representation in government is essential.  Aspiring LGBT candidates face a unique set of hurdles on the way to political office.  The goal of this project is to follow a number of LGBT political candidates, and highlight Victory’s groundbreaking approach to helping them win.”

Of course, not all LGBT politicians have our best interests at heart. (Former GOP congressional candidate Paul Babeu comes to mind.) Will we learn about them? Do they even come to these kinds of training sessions or are they too busy trying to get people to forget they’re gay.

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  • Aaron in Honolulu

    SAVAGE U!!! Friends and I at school love that show!

  • Cam

    Keep the hypocrites nervous. Nice!

  • truth

    When is the dinner with brian brown?

  • Schlukitz


    I’ve been asking myself the same question for awhile now. Seems that no date has been set.

  • DJ

    Dan Savage is a professional media whore who is highly biphobic, ra cist, and transphobic. He is not any sort of “expert” on anything let alone LGBT issues, human sexuality, or politics that affect LGBT people.

  • Mary

    “We’re seeing progress on LGBT issues, but in order to effect real change, representation in government is essential.”

    That’s total BS. People’s sense of justice doesn’t depend on their sexual orientation. The sexual orientation of politicians is irrelevant. What matters are their political views. Many straight politicians do more for gay rights than a lot of gay politcians.

  • Mary

    I’d like to add this: Voting for a politician because he’s gay is as wrong as voting for a politician because he’s straight!

  • testintg

    @DJ: I would disagree with you there, I’m sorry you don’t like him but I’ve read his column every week for years and he is very pro-trans and very bi-friendly. Mostly he doesn’t believe in strict monogamy, he doesn’t oppose people who want it he just thinks they will fail.

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