John M. Becker

John M. Becker


At a Glance:

John M. Becker has been a Project Contributor since December 2010, has written 2246 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


Federal Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | November 25, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage. Her ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More

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Report: ISIS Stones Two Gay Men to Death

Filed by John M. Becker | November 25, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

The militant Islamic group ISIS reportedly stoned two men to death in Syria yesterday for homosexuality.Read More

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Duggar Controversy Spurs Donations to LGBT Youth Group

Filed by John M. Becker | November 25, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Renewed national attention on the Duggar family's homophobia is providing an unexpected boon for an Arkansas organization that helps homeless LGBT youth.Read More

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Terry Bean Takes Leave of Absence From HRC Board

Filed by John M. Becker | November 25, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Terry Bean has taken a leave of absence from HRC's board until sexual abuse allegations are fully resolved.Read More

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This Crazy Lady is Totally Not Having Museum's Evolution Nonsense

Filed by John M. Becker | November 25, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

She can't pronounce "eukaryotes," but she knows her facts, you guys!Read More