Dan Savage Loves Libraries

“I want to emphasize the subversiveness that I think you librarians have by providing access to this information.” Dan Savage, author of several books and creator of the Savage Love column and podcast, spoke at the annual ALA conference in New Orleans last Friday. Savage praised libraries for providing critical access to information and resources for all people, even (and especially) when that information is controversial. He recalled his own days as a teenager when he would go to the Chicago Public Library to find answers to the questions he had about his developing sexuality. Savage stated that libraries are often the only resource troubled kids have to look for the answers to questions that they don’t trust their parents or peers with.

Access to information is a very personal subject to Dan Savage, who created the It Gets Better Project, an internet-based project with the goal of reaching out to depressed and suicidal LGBT youth. The project was designed to reach isolated young people who are dealing with bullying, abuse, hostile parents, or oppressive communities, all because of their (real or perceived) sexual identities. Thousands of grown-up LGBT people, celebrities, and organizations have contributed supportive videos to the project, all with the message that life is going to get better for these kids. Savage has also released a collection of essays in a book, It Gets Better, with contributing authors such as David Sedaris, Tim Gunn, Ellen Degeneres, Suze Orman, President Barack Obama, and tons more. Check out the book or BOCD at AADL, or visit the It Gets Better Project’s website at www.itgetsbetter.org.



I have so much love for this! AADL rocks for having Dan's books and supporting him and his mission. Love Dan and love my library!

I loved his speech. I thought he was very gracious when signing, too. When I thanked him for sticking around so long to sign books, he thanked me for standing in line. I thought that was incredibly classy. What was most moving, though, was that everyone I talked to throughout the weekend said they were tearing up during his speech.

Also, re: finding books that make you feel awkward and re-shelving them in the wrong places...my 12-year-old self is guilty as charged.


I love the book and I so very much heart the thought and intent behind trying to get through to these at risk youths, in telling them to just hang in there it does get better.

Go aadl!