John M. Becker

John M. Becker


At a Glance:

John M. Becker has been a Project Contributor since December 2010, has written 2583 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.

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.

John M. Becker: Recently Filed


Passing the Torch

Filed by John M. Becker | May 04, 2015 | 6:00 PM | comments

During my time as editor, I'm proud to say that we increased traffic, reader engagement, and social media reach.Read More

snl-ginsburg-050215.png (PostBlurb)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Visits SNL's 'Weekend Update'

Filed by John M. Becker | May 03, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon) stopped by "Saturday Night Live" to talk about her comments last week during the marriage equality oral arguments, crack dirty jokes, and bust a move or two.Read More


Maggie Gallagher to Justice Kennedy: Please Reject Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 03, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

"The LGBT community has built a powerful cultural, legal, and political movement. They are not helpless or friendless. They do not need you to distort the Constitution to win the right to live as they choose."Read More

u2-songs-of-innocence-album-cover.jpg (PostBlurb)

Russian Lawmaker: U2 Album Cover Promotes Gay Sex

Filed by John M. Becker | May 01, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

A Russian politician is demanding that Apple be investigated for distributing U2's album to iTunes users last year, because he says the album cover contains "gay propaganda."Read More

ellen-high-school-promposal.png (PostBlurb)

Straight High Schooler, Gay BFF Get Surprise From Ellen

Filed by John M. Becker | May 01, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Anthony Martinez, a gay high school senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Jacob Lescenski, his straight best friend who asked him to prom last week, appeared on Ellen's show yesterday and got a wonderful surprise.Read More