Author/speaker/all around cool guy Dan Savage was on hand at an award ceremony in San Diego, CA last night to receive the 2013 Humanist of the Year award presented to him by the American Humanist Association. The AHA is a nontheistic organization that seeks to bring about a progressive society where being good without belief in any god-system is an accepted way of life. Among the tenets of the AHA is a drive for the defense of civil liberties and secular government as well as the advancement of the humanist viewpoint. Savage has long been a champion of nontheistic thought and through his work for GLBT youth, sex-positive writing and the advocacy of the separation of church and state he was deemed the most deserving person to be named Humanist of the Year for 2013. My good friends Emma and Josh were in attendance at the 72nd annual conference of the American Humanist Association last night for this award ceremony and share the photo of Dan and his award below.
Dan Savage is being named the 2013 Humanist of the Year for his long history of sex-positive writing, advocacy of separation of church and state, and work for LGBT youth. Savage also speaks out frequently on a variety of other issues including the Iraq War, the War on Drugs, and birth control. His syndicated relationship and sex advice column, Savage Love, is a frank, humorous and open discussion of sexuality. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth. He is the author of several books, including How to Be a Person: The Stranger’s Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself, The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant, and It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living.
Dan Savage has just released this week a new book titled American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics that discusses his further insights about, among the other things listed in the pretty explanatory title, humanist thought and concepts. We hear all the time about celebrating GLBT diversity these days as the fight for marriage equality rages on in this country but there is a much quieter fight for the acceptance of the nontheistic way of life as well. Dan Savage always manages to elevate any conversation he engages in to a high intellectual level and I have no doubt that as the Humanist of the Year, he will be able to successfully (and, hopefully, vocally) take up the mantle for the advancement of nontheism as an accepted way of life. This isn’t a story that is getting much attention, in fact I’ve yet to find another source reporting on last night’s award ceremony, but because I am such a big fan of Savage’s work I felt it appropriate to share news of this achievement. Congrats, Dan!