Dan Savage will kick off the 2012-13 Lyceum season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Somsen Auditorium at Winona State University.

Savage is a writer, TV personality and activist well known for his political and social commentary, and his honest approach to sex, love and relationships.

Savage’s sex advice column, “Savage Love,” is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle’s weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion and on Salon.com.

Savage is also the author of several books, including: “Savage Love;” “The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant;” “Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America;” and “The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family.”

In addition to his appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and The Colbert Report, Savage is a contributor to Ira Glass’s This American Life, and has appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Real Time with Bill Maher, and ABC’s 20/20. Savage is a frequent and popular speaker on college campuses across the United States and Canada.

In September 2010, Savage made headlines when he created a YouTube video with his husband Terry Miller to inspire hope for LGBT youth facing harassment in schools. In response to a number of students taking their own lives, Savage and Miller wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that “it gets better.” Today, the It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 40,000 It Gets Better videos viewed over 50 million times.

Savage’s most recent project was a television series for MTV, Savage U. Cameras followed Savage and his producer, Lauren Hutchinson, as they traveled to college campuses across the country, taking students’ questions and offering a crash course on relationships, responsibility, sex, love and life.

Savage grew up in Chicago and now lives in Seattle with his husband Terry Miller and their son, DJ.

The Lyceum Series aims to provide unique cultural enrichment and educational opportunities for the Winona and Rochester campus communities.

For more information, call Kathleen Peterson at 507-457-2913, or visit the Lyceum series website.

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