Meeting Dan Savage

By Erika Moen on April 22, 2011


Oh my goodness.

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness.

Tonight I met Dan Savage.

He and his husband, Terry Miller, were doing a reading at Powells to promote their It Gets Better book and oh my goodness. Oh my goodness.

I’m glowing.

Even though he’s been speaking about these topics for ages now, Dan Savage still gets choked up talking about the struggles of LGBT teens. He and Terry are such good speakers, their readings from the book and personal stories were powerful and human.

After waiting in line to get their signature on my copy, I could hardly manage to whibble a word at them at an audible level but somehow I managed to choke out that Dan has been incredibly influential in my life and my work and I wanted to give them a copy of each of the DAR books. Dan actually asked me to sign them! And shook my hand! And they both thanked me for the books in a way that came across as genuine!

Honestly, I’m just… overwhelmed. There were a couple points in the evening where I found myself tearing up as I listened to these two men. Dan’s advice and teaching has been monumentally influential in my life and there I was sitting in a room with him and even getting to shake his hand. He knows I’m alive now.

Thanks to Dylan for letting me know he’d be signing tonight or I would have missed this event entirely.

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