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John Becker
John Becker is an LGBT activist, writer, and blogger. 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, 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; Fox's Alan Colmes Show; MSNBC's Ed Schultz Show and Live with Al Sharpton, and the Associated Press Television Network. He and his work have also been mentioned in notable newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

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.

Entries by John Becker

One Year Later: Where Were You When DOMA Fell?

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 6:11 PM

One year ago today, in two historic decisions, the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" in Windsor v. United States and upheld a lower court decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, striking down Proposition 8 and bringing marriage equality back to California. In an...

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New Group of Marriage Equality Supporters Calls for 'Tolerance' of Homophobia

(118) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 2:47 PM

A coalition of 58 LGBT people and allies -- most of them conservatives or libertarians -- came out with a statement yesterday on the resignation of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. Mr. Eich, you'll recall, voluntarily stepped down earlier this month amidst public outcry over donations he made to...

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No, Andrew Sullivan, Calling Out Bigotry is Not 'Intolerance'

(10) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Last week, after Brendan Eich resigned as CEO of tech giant Mozilla over outrage about his support for the maliciously discriminatory Proposition 8, prominent gay blogger Andrew Sullivan rushed to the defense... not of the LGBT families in California whose rights Eich helped strip away and not to the activists...

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Ego Te Absurdo: Francis Is Advocate's 'Person Of The Year'

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 1:56 PM

Let's play a game, shall we?

Let's pretend there's a person who works for a religious organization that fights LGBT rights across the globe. Said person has a history of making degrading comments about same-sex marriage. He's called it "a scheme to destroy God's plan," a "total rejection...

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How to Make the Feds Protect Your Family From Meningitis

(9) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 8:07 PM

Earlier this year, outbreaks of bacterial meningitis cropped up among gay and bisexual men in New York and Los Angeles. Fear gripped gay communities in cities across the country as many men wondered, as The New York Times put it, "whether this is AIDS, circa 1981, all over again."

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Pope Francis Says More Nice Words About LGBTs, Changes Nothing

(83) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Pope Francis, leader of the 1.2-billion-member Roman Catholic Church, is making headlines again for saying something nice about LGBT people.

In a wide-ranging interview released Thursday, the pontiff said that his church has become "obsessed" with attacking marriage equality, abortion, and contraception, and that it should instead...

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Dr. King's Dream Includes LGBT People

(6) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 9:10 AM

On Saturday, my husband Michael and I attended the 50th Anniversary March on Washington.

We marched to show support for and solidarity with the fight for jobs and economic freedom, which is ongoing. We marched because racial injustice continues to be a cancer eating away at the fabric of this...

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To the International Olympic Committee, Some Kinds of 'Propaganda' Are Worse Than Others

(18) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 7:41 AM

Earlier this month I wrote that instead of punishing Russia for its draconian crackdown on the human rights of LGBT people, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) may decide to punish pro-equality athletes who make public declarations of support for the LGBT community at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi....

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Procter & Gamble, Pull the Plug on TV Commercials in Russia!

(251) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 7:55 AM

It seems like every day brings more disturbing news about Russia's persecution of its LGBT community.

The blogosphere is abuzz with the news that Dmitri Kisilev, the anchor of the most-watched television news show in Russia, has taken up proselytizing anti-LGBT hatred and vitriol. In fact, Kislev recently...

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Instead of Punishing Russia, IOC May Punish Pro-Gay Olympians

(28) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 6:43 PM

Controversy is swirling around the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia -- scheduled to start six months from today -- due to a shocking and barbaric crackdown against the basic rights and freedoms of that country's LGBT community.

In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a draconian law...

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'Tolerate' Your Homophobia, Orson Scott Card? Um, No

(89) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 12:14 PM

As support for LGBT rights becomes mainstream and the tide of public opinion turns irreversibly in favor of issues like marriage equality and workplace protections for LGBT people, proponents of discrimination are increasingly finding themselves relegated to an unfamiliar position: the fringe. And as they're finding out, the fringe is...

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Young Republicans: Another Reason to Keep Talking About Marriage

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 12:15 PM

A report released last Monday by the College Republican National Committee made waves last week for offering what Politico called a "searing indictment of the GOP 'brand.'" The CRNC looked at the popularity of the Republican Party among young voters and found what it says is a "dismal...

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Yes, the Boy Scouts' Decision Is a Victory

(41) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 7:07 PM

Like many equality-minded Americans, I breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when I heard that the Boy Scouts of America's National Council had voted, by a landslide margin, to stop excluding gay kids from membership.

Yesterday's move by the BSA was a landmark step in the direction of fairness...

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Why Do We Defend Discrimination?

(103) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Last week the world learned about Pam Regentin, a baker in Oregon who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple -- a blatant violation of state nondiscrimination law, which forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Ms. Regentin essentially claimed that her personal beliefs should...

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Does Kluwe's Firing Bode Ill for Gay NFL Players?

(27) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:16 PM

In a move anticipated ever since the Minnesota Vikings drafted punter Jeff Locke last month, the team cut punter and fierce LGBT rights supporter Chris Kluwe on Monday morning.

Kluwe announced the news on Twitter, writing "So long, Minnesota, and thanks for all the fish!"

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As France Prepares for Marriage Equality, Opponents Warn of Civil Strife

(101) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 10:37 AM

For the past several months, equal marriage supporters around the world have watched with excitement as a marriage and adoption equality bill winds its way through France's parliament. The French people strongly endorse same-sex marriage, and support for the right of married gay and lesbian couples to jointly...

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Cardinal Dolan Demeans Gay Relationships As He Says Church Should Be More Welcoming to Gays

(16) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:07 PM

As I paged through Monday's New York Times, a surprising headline greeted me: "Dolan Says the Catholic Church Should Be More Welcoming to Gay People." I was incredibly intrigued, of course -- considering that Dolan is notorious for homophobic comments -- so I read on.

Don't get me...

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The Weight of History: Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court

(17) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 8:59 AM

There have been a few moments in my life -- walking along the winding path down to Omaha Beach, standing in the soul-crushing silence of the gas chamber at Auschwitz, planting my feet on the spot where Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech -- where I swear I...

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Bishops Tell Catholics to Celebrate Holy Week by Attending Anti-Gay March

(33) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 3:08 PM

For Western Christians, Catholic and Protestant, the seven days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are the most solemn and sacred days of the entire liturgical year. In fact, that week is so sacred that it's been known as Holy Week since the third century and is commemorated by...

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National Organization for Marriage: Adoption Is a "Second-Best" Option

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 2:24 PM

john_eastmanJohn Eastman, chairman of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, shockingly and patronizingly denigrated adoption in an interview with the Associated Press, calling it the "second-best option" for families.

Eastman wasn't discussing...

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