Steven Petrow is a respected journalist and the go-to source for modern manners, as cited by The New York Times, People, Time,and NPR. Known as "Mr. Manners” until Miss Manners threatened to sue him for trademark infringement, Steven’s often humorous, but always insightful advice has made him a nationally recognized expert. In addition to his five etiquette books, Petrow writes the "Civilities" column for the Washington Post as well as "Digital Ethics" for USA Today. Previously, he penned The New York Times's "Civil Behavior" column, "Digital Dilemmas" for Parade magazine, and "Medical Manners" for Everyday Health.
Steven’s work helps people navigate an ever-changing and evolving social landscape. He educates his audiences with the simple principles of human kindness and respect and demonstrates how much language matters in our personal relationships and digital communications. He regularly brings his “civility with a point of view” to numerous media outlets with appearances on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and Fox News, among others. He's also Hilton Hotel’s LGBT ambassador and a former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
Among his books are: Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life; The New Gay Wedding: A Practical Primer for Brides and Grooms, Their Families and Guests; When Someone You Know Has AIDS: A Practical Guide; and the upcoming Mind Your Digital Manners: Navigating Life in an Age Without Rules. Follow Steven on Twitter at @StevenPetrow and “Like” him on Facebook.
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