John M. Becker

John M. Becker


At a Glance:

John M. Becker has been a Project Contributor since December 2010, has written 1942 entries and currently lives in Washington DC.


John Becker is Editor-in-Chief of the Bilerico Project and an LGBT activist, writer, and blogger. Recent high-profile victories include a petition convincing performance venues across the country to cancel performances by singer Michelle Shocked after she delivered a homophobic tirade onstage, two headline-grabbing reports about anti-LGBT bigotry in the Salvation Army, a successful international media campaign that resulted in Apple dropping a “gay cure” iPhone app, and a sting operation in which Becker went undercover with hidden cameras at the clinic co-owned by Marcus and Michele Bachmann and exposed them for offering fraudulent “ex-gay” therapy.

John and his beloved husband Michael appeared in several iconic photographs taken outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2013 -- the day the court ruled in favor of marriage equality for the first time. The photos went viral, appearing in print, television, and online media around the world and on the front pages of more than 65 newspapers across America.

Becker has appeared as a guest on major news and political shows including ABC’s World News Tonight, Nightline, and Good Morning America; NBC’s Today Show; CNN's Newsroom; Fox’s Alan Colmes Show; MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Show and Live with Al Sharpton, and the Associated Press Television Network.

In addition to his full-time work as an LGBT rights activist, Becker is an accomplished classical musician, holding the master of music degree in vocal performance. A native of Wisconsin, Becker now lives in Washington, D.C. with Michael and their puppy Rosie.

John M. Becker: Recently Filed

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WI GOP Candidate Railed Against 'F*gs' on Twitter

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A young Republican candidate for the Wisconsin Assembly is apologizing for a tweet where he told "f*gs" to "leave [his] favorite state," Utah, alone.Read More

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Cheyenne Jackson Ties the Knot

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Broadway and TV heartthrob Cheyenne Jackson, who tied the knot this weekend with fiancé (and now-husband) Jason Landau at an outdoor ceremony in Los Angeles.Read More


Anti-Gay Extremists Compare Marriage Equality to ISIS Beheadings

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week, two anti-gay extremists compared the spread of marriage equality to the savage beheadings of Westerners by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria.Read More

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7th Circuit Stays Indiana Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

This morning, as expected, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed its ruling overturning marriage discrimination in Indiana, pending final resolution by the Supreme Court.Read More

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Ben & Jerry's Joins Pro-Marriage Equality SCOTUS Brief

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry's has signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize marriage equality nationwide.Read More