Dan Savage

After Trans Teen Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide, We All Must Do Better

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. … Read More

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Despite What Dan Savage Says, You’re Still Allowed to Question Straight Allies’ Motives

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.) … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 SF Events

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.  … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Based on “public safety and quality of life concerns,” Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer has rejected a permit request from MTV to shoot upcoming episodes of a Jersey Shore spinoff featuring J-Woww and Snooki in her town. Smart lady. [via Fox News]

2. In other MTV-related news, the network is teaming up with… Read More

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The 10 Best Podcasts for Your Holiday Roadtrip

As holiday roadtrips grow imminent, it’s time to plan how you’ll while away the hours you’ll spend in transit. Here at Flavorpill, we’re stocking our iPods with playlists for every time of day, part of the country, and state of mind. But listening to music only goes so far when you’re craving good conversation and your shotgun rider has fallen asleep (or you’re taking the bus or plane solo), which is why we’re filling up on brain candy in addition to ear candy. Below the jump, browse through the engrossing, educational, and entertaining podcasts we highly recommend for the road. … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. According to TMZ, Charlie Sheen’s people are in “deep negotiations” with a major network (we’re guessing it’s probably Fox) for a new sitcom that’s being written specifically for him and could air as early as next January. There aren’t many other details, but we’ll go ahead and guess that Chuck Lorre is… Read More

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Conversation Pieces: 5 New Articles Worth Discussing This Weekend

Welcome to Conversation Pieces, where Flavorpill curates five articles from the past week that you should read. Some are long, others are short. Some are from major publications, others aren’t. The only thing all these articles have in common is that they’re interesting. This week we examine The Strokes after 10 years, Dan Savage as America’s moralist, the science behind awful dancing, why rape is a sensitive issue and should remain that way, and more. After the jump, find something exciting to discuss this weekend in the home, at the bar, or on the street. … Read More

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Dan Savage Films Pilot for MTV

Things may have just gotten a lot more controversial for MTV: Entertainment Weekly

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