Dan Savage

The World Responds to Today’s Historic American Victory for Gay Marriage: Links You Need to See

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After a week of devastating news and social injustice in America, it comes as an ecstatic surprise that today the country took at least one giant step forward in one matter of equality. As you probably know by now, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court determined that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. And while inevitably this news came with its share of vehement, embittered ranting from the those who dissented, it was for so many a day of unbridled, cathartic joy and promise.
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After Trans Teen Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide, We All Must Do Better

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As the year ended, folks including me were applauding a burgeoning transgender acceptance in the media, with Time magazine is devoting a cover to the “transgender tipping point,” Janet Mock landing an MSNBC show, and TV hounds devouring Jill Soloway’s Transparent.

But over the holidays, the public suicide note of Ohio teen Leelah Alcorn, published to Tumblr after her death, was a horrifying and sobering reminder that for many trans people, everyday life is a gauntlet, and a perilous one at that. Alcorn’s stark series of posts went viral and spawned hundred of news stories. Without any sort of acceptance from her religious parents (they mis-gendered her and called her “he” even after her death) and convinced that she wouldn’t be able to successfully transition, Alcorn described her despair vividly, telling her parents “fuck you,” begging readers to fix society and make her death matter.
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Despite What Dan Savage Says, You’re Still Allowed to Question Straight Allies’ Motives

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In case you missed the Grammys on Sunday night and haven’t been on the internet this week, let me bring you up to speed: we’re all mad at Macklemore. The Seattle rapper / gay-marriage enthusiast made the biggest statement at Sunday night’s awards ceremony by performing his massive hit, “Same Love” — an endorsement of marriage equality with the subtlety of an Upworthy headline — while several gay couples were married on stage in a mass ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah, who, in case you’re wondering, has yet to publicly confirm her own sexual identity. (Madonna also sang “Open Your Heart” while dressed as Colonel Sanders, but that’s something none of us are quite ready to tackle.)
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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 SF Events

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San Francisco is home to a breathtaking diversity of cultural events. Between our fair city’s world-class museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, music scene, festivals, and clubs, between all that is weird and quirky and purely San Franciscan, there’s something going down, somewhere, every single day of the year. Check out our Flavorpill social discovery engine, where you can create and share events with friends, and follow our carefully curated editors’ picks. Below, you’ll find Flavorpill’s top picks for this week — just a little bit of help as you set out into this beautiful wide world of SF’s happenings. 
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