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Dan Savage spoke with the Sun-Times about the release of new book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, his own experience growing up gay, and the effect his efforts are having on gay youth throughout the globe.
The book version of the social media-based stories of inspiration for LGBT youth is slated to be released on Tuesday. Composed of essays from famous and everyday people, gay and straight alike, the book places the words of President Obama and Suze Orman alongside ordinary folks and even a former bully. Savage plans to donate his earnings to charities that work to improve the lives of LGBT youth. [SunTimes]
Gay Author Armistead Maupin Outraged After Restaurant Slur: Armistead Maupin (pictured), the openly gay author of the Tales of the City books, left Bojangles restaurant in Australia feeling outraged after a bartender told his partner the men’s restroom was “reserved for real men”.
“Neither one of us could quite believe he’d said it,” Maupin said. “And he actually repeated it. He said ‘see the sign on the door. It says ‘gents’. It’s for real men’.”
The restaurant has yet to issue a statement. [PinkPaper]
Stonewall Provides UK Schools Government Funded Advice Packs On Challenging Homophobia: The pack, titled ‘Celebrating Difference: Challenging Homophobia In Primary Schools’, seeks to include gay and lesbian issues in school curriculum by discussing civil partnerships, marriage, and gay themed books like And Tango Makes Three, a children’s book featuring gay penguins. It also urges teachers to discourage the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult and features a DVD about how to effectively implement these changes. [DailyMail]
Meredith Baxter’s Family Ties: Former Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter talks to The Advocate about her new book, Untied, coming to terms with her sexuality, and what it was like to come out via television announcement. Baxter also delves into her past relationship with her abusive ex-husband and her happy ending with partner Nancy Locke. [Advocate]
BBC Magazine Honors Gay Author Christopher Isherwood: The latest issue of BBC magazine, The Radio Times, features Dr. Who star Matt Smith as gay author Christopher Isherwood on its cover. Smith plays Isherwood in the new BBC movie, Christopher and His Kind, which was written by award-winning gay playwright Kevin Elyot and is based on the autobiography of the same title. [RainbowPost]