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"In the Life" Profiles Truth Wins Out's John Becker
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/03/12
Last updated on: 09/03/12
 
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John Becker.

The glbtq television newsmagazine In the Life has profiled activist John Becker, who went undercover in 2011 to investigate reparative therapy at the Bachmann Clinic. The profile offers an inspiring portrait of a young activist while also detailing the important work of Wayne Besen and his organization Truth Wins Out in combating the harmful effects of the "ex- gay" myth.

Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that fights anti-gay religious extremism. It monitors anti-glbtq organizations, documents their lies, and exposes their leaders as charlatans. Its goal is to create a world where LGBT individuals can live openly, honestly, and true to themselves.

Truth Wins Out was founded in 2006 by Wayne Besen, author of Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth (2003). Prior to founding TWO, Besen served as a spokesperson for five years with the Human Rights Campaign.

Visit Truth Wins Out here.

In July 2011, as Representative Michelle Bachmann rose in the polls as a Republican presidential candidate, TWO sent John Becker undercover to test the widely-circulated rumors that her husband Marcus Bachmann's psychological clinic practiced reparative therapy. Becker presented himself as a patient seeking conversion therapy at Bachmann & Associates in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The video below reports on the undercover operation.

The In the Life profile, however, goes beyond the undercover operation to offer a moving portrait of Becker himself and why he is motivated to pursue his activism.

 
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