John M. Becker

John M. Becker

Editor-In-Chief

At a Glance:

John M. Becker has been a Project Contributor since December 2010, has written 1743 entries and currently lives in Washington DC.

Bio

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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Another 'Ex-Gay' Activist Leaves the Movement

Filed by John M. Becker | July 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Yvette Cantu Schneider, one of the "ex-gay" industry's highest-profile spokespeople and most prominent female voices, is sorry for her former work and now supports LGBT equality.Read More


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David Tyree Deeply Tied to Hardcore Anti-Gay Activists

Filed by John M. Becker | July 29, 2014 | 8:00 PM | comments

David Tyree, the New York Giants' new director of player development, says he's "evolved" away from homophobia. But his deep ties to anti-gay activists call that claim into question.Read More


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Russian Pride Event Held Without Violence

Filed by John M. Becker | July 29, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last weekend, a pride event in Russia was held without being met by violence -- an apparent first for the country.Read More


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Robertson: Gays Want to Make Christians Have 'Open Sex With Anybody'

Filed by John M. Becker | July 29, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pat Robertson warned today that gays want to drive Christians out of business and society unless they have open sex with anyone and everyone.Read More


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North Carolina Drops Defense of Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | July 29, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

North Carolina's Democratic attorney general announced yesterday that in light of Virginia's marriage equality ruling, he will no longer defend the state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More