John M. Becker

John M. Becker


At a Glance:

John M. Becker has been a Project Contributor since December 2010, has written 2316 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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DOJ: Title VII Prohibits Anti-Trans Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | December 18, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

AG Holder announced today that the DOJ will adopt the position that Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination covers discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including transgender status.Read More


'Duck Dynasty' Star Can't Figure Out if Homosexuality Is a Choice

Filed by John M. Becker | December 18, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

"Larry, I'm trying to figure that out right now, I really am..."Read More

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IN Church That Fired Gay Choir Director Is Closing

Filed by John M. Becker | December 18, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

An Indiana Methodist church where 80% of the congregation left after its gay choir director was forced out will close its doors for good.Read More

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SCOTUS Will Consider Taking Louisiana Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | December 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

In its meeting on January 9, the Supreme Court will consider whether or not to review Louisiana's marriage equality case.Read More

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WV High Schooler Comes Out, Dances With Homecoming King

Filed by John M. Becker | December 17, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Michael Martin, an all-state soccer goalie at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, came out publicly this fall in an epic way: by slow dancing with the homecoming king.Read More