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 2400 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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Saks Reverses Position on Title VII & Trans Protections

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

This morning, under heavy pressure, luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue reversed its position in federal court on whether Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination covers people who are transgender.Read More


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Alabama Marriage Ruling Stayed for Two Weeks

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2015 | 9:30 AM | comments

There won't be any same-sex couples getting married in Alabama today - last night, the judge who struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment stayed her ruling for two weeks to give the state time to appeal to the 11th Circuit. Read More


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Dear Abby Has Great Advice for Shunned Gay Grandmother

Filed by John M. Becker | January 25, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

"If your son is under the mistaken impression that he is going to somehow 'protect' his children by isolating them from gay people, he must be living in an alternate reality."Read More


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Robbie Rogers Slams FIFA for Letting Anti-Gay Countries Host World Cup

Filed by John M. Becker | January 25, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

"If actions speak louder than words, then the message FIFA sends to gay athletes is painfully clear. Not only don't they have our backs, our lives don't matter."Read More


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Jeb Bush Rips a Page Out of Catholic Church's Playbook

Filed by John M. Becker | January 25, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

When it comes to marriage equality, Jeb Bush is ripping a page out of the Catholic Church's playbook: holding on to anti-gay views, but talking about them less.Read More