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Dan Savage | christmas

Christmas can have a real melancholy aspect, ’cause it packages itself as this idea of perfect family cohesion and love, and you’re always going to come up short when you measure your personal life against the idealized personal lives that are constantly thrust in our faces, primarily by TV commercials.

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Dan Savage | women

Women can go on marrying and pretending that their boyfriends and husbands are Mr. Darcy or some RomCom dream man. But where’s that going to get ’em? Besides divorce court?

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Dan Savage | war

The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads in the Civil War and justified it.

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Dan Savage | war

Really, when it comes to gay rights, there’s two wars going on. The first war is political. But the culture war is over.

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Dan Savage | teacher

I got picked on a lot, even by teachers too. I liked to listen to musicals and bake, and my homeroom teacher found out and mocked me in front of the whole class for baking.

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Dan Savage | sad

My dad was a homicide cop in the gay neighborhood in the city when gay neighborhoods were desperate, depressing, sad places run by the mob. The only gay people he’d met when I came out to him were corpses.

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Dan Savage | marriage

Most Americans don’t care about gay marriage.

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Dan Savage | marriage

Straight couples don’t have to be monogamous to be married or married to be monogamous. Monogamy no more defines marriage than the presence of children does. Monogamy isn’t compulsory and its absence doesn’t invalidate a marriage.

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Dan Savage | marriage

The cultural expectation should be if there’s infidelity, the marriage is more important than fidelity.

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Dan Savage | home

The bullied straight kid goes home to a shoulder to cry on and support and can talk freely about his experience at school and why he’s being bullied. I couldn’t go home and open up to my parents.

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