University to host It Gets Better creator Dan Savage

Release Date: 4/18/2012

Clarksville, Ark. --- Seattle columnist Dan Savage, co-founder of the anti-bullying It Gets Better video project, will speak Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at University of the Ozarks.

Dan Savage, co-founder of the It Gets Better project.

Seattle columnist Dan Savage, co-founder of the anti-bullying It Gets Better video project, will speak at University of the Ozarks as part of the university's Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

The event, which is a part of the University's 2011-2012 Walton Arts & Ideas Series, will be held in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the Clarksville campus. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at http://www.ozarks.edu/wais, at the box office on the night of the event, or by calling 479-979-1346.

Savage will discuss creating the It Gets Better campaign, which began in September 2010 in response to the suicides of several teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or suspected to be gay. Created by Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, the project encourages adults, both LGBT and otherwise, to submit videos assuring gay teenagers that life can improve after bullying in early life. The video project on YouTube has gained immense popularity since its creation. The project is now organized on its own website, the It Gets Better Project, and includes more than 30,000 entries, with more than 40 million views.

Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. He also has worked as a theater director, both under his real name and under the name Keenan Hollahan, using his middle name and his grandmother's maiden name. Mashable calls Savage one of the most captivating online personalities of 2010. His new book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living, was released in 2011, and was a New York Times bestseller. Savage is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of the New York Times and to the public radio program This American Life.

During his presentation, Savage creates a dynamic and safe environment for audience members of all orientations to share their stories and show their support. Refreshingly honest, riveting and direct, Savage's approach channels the power of community in an effort to save young lives.