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Dan Savage: ‘Every Dead Gay Kid Is A Victory For The Family Research Council’

by David Badash on October 2, 2012

in News,Politics

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Dan Savage is under attack again, this time for saying that “every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council,” while speaking at Winona State University (WSU) on Thursday, September 27. Savage, whose remarks earlier this year brought attacks from the Religious Right, also said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins “tells the parents of queer kids to do what Tony Perkins damn well knows drives those kids to suicide.”

The Family Research Council is listed among the Southern Poverty Law Center’s active anti-gay hate groups.

“Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council. First of all, they tell, Tony Perkins tells parents whose kids come out to reject them,” Savage, who also poked fun at the Catholic Church during his speech, told the audience. “Tony Perkins tells the parents of queer kids to do what Tony Perkins damn well knows drives those kids to suicide — doubles their already quadruple rate of suicide. Why would someone who calls themselves a Christian do that? Because every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council. They argue that the gay lifestyle is sick and sinful and dangerous and they point to the suicide rate, and then they turn around and do everything in their power to make sure that suicide rate does not come down and to drive it up. Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work — and he calls himself a Christian. I don’t understand how real Christians let that little fucker get away with that.”

Savage later added, “We will always have ignorant dicks like Michele Bachmann and her fag husband.”

The video was the basis of an article by the anti-gay so-called “non-partisan”, created and funded by Morton Blackwell‘s “non-partisan” Leadership Institute. Blackwell is perhaps best known for his offensive 2004 behavior at the RNC, when he “passed out purple heart bandages,” mocking John Kerry’s military service. Even Karl Rove found the act to be “inappropriate.”

Camus Reform’s website says it is “designed to provide conservative activists with the resources, networking capabilities, and skills they need to revolutionize the struggle against leftist bias and abuse on college campuses.”

Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed notes:

In response to’s article, Savage — unsurprisingly — did not back down:



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thatsdrfreak October 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

He's right. Maybe he could have put it differently, but everything that he says is true.

Lou Gagliardi October 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I definitely side with Dan Savage.

twiga_riq October 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Let's face it. Savage is a shock jock, in the same genre as Howard Stern and Don Imus. But let's face it. Sometimes this is the only MO that will get certain groups and people to sit up and take notice. Perkins bought the mailing of the KKK from David Duke to get a base for FRC. Whatever negative you may ascribe to Savage's style is far outweighed by the impact his "It Gets Better" contributions have made to young LGBT Americans and the awareness this program has raised around the world.

CastleRockBear October 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

If it were not for the voice of bitter truth coming from Dan Savage, things like the voice of Tony Perkins would be accepted as truth no matter how wrong Mister Perkins and the FRC are! Dan Savage stands up for everyone of us that are being oppressed by the thugs of the religious right….Isn't that why they keep getting the title of "Hate Groups"? My hope is that they all die off before another suicide is allowed to happen because of their misguided hateful rhetoric! The harm and the blood is on the hands of people like Brian Brown and Tony Perkins! They may not like having it called out, BUT IT IS what IT IS! If the first amendment protects hate speech as free speech, then murder should be protected as well, because the end result is the same!

cpmondello October 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Dan is correct. If a religious nut can say whatever they want, so should all others be allowed.

sam3915 October 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Every dead gay kid IS a victory for Tony Perkins and his grossly-misnamed, lying, hatemongering Family Research Council. And these evil, Nazi pseudo-Christian terrorists and murderers of innocent gay people don't like having the truth told about them. Destroy them God before they can harm any more LGBTs.

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