The American Humanist Association has honored journalist Dan Savage with the 2013 Humanist of the Year award for his work with the LGBT community as well as his support of separation of church and state.
“Savage speaks out frequently on a variety of other issues including the Iraq War, the War on Drugs, and birth control,” reads the organization’s website. “His syndicated relationship and sex advice column, Savage Love, is a frank, humorous and open discussion of sexuality.”
The American Humanist Association aims “to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life.”
Savage is known for creating the viral “It Gets Better Project,” which has helped millions of LGBT youths. Savage created the project to increase awareness and support following the rash of LGBT-related teen suicides of 2010.
Since the beginning of the project, over 30,000 videos have been created, including ones from public figures, celebrities, and organizations like President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, and the 49ers.
Savage has received other awards for his work in the past, including the notable Governor’s Award in 2012.
“The award is not for us. It’s for the project,” Savage told reporters during that 2012 ceremony. “I think it’s a moment in our culture when it’s broken through to the world that LGBT children were suffering and dying.”
He continued, “To get a standing ovation from that crowd was flabbergasting. I actually teared up and then I couldn’t see to read the teleprompter and I had to wing it.”
Savage is also a bestselling author with works that include “How to Be a Person: The Stranger’s Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself” “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant” and “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living.”