Jake Naman knew something was about to happen.
The 18-year-old from Redlands, Calif., was sitting inside a cavernous
building in Seattle waiting to hear from Dan Savage, the founder of the
“It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign.
Savage had been invited to speak to several thousand high school
journalists attending a national conference hosted by the National
Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association.
Naman, who is a yearbook photographer at Arrowhead Christian Academy,
thought Savage was going to talk about his anti-bullying campaign. But
the Christian teenager soon learned that Savage had a very different
message for the students.
“I hope you’re all using birth control,” Savage told the teenagers as he
began his remarks. From there, he regaled the young people who stories
about his husband, describing how he looked in a Speedo. At one point,
Savage imagined what it would be like with his husband on stage –
telling the kids that they would have to pry him off his partner.