Back2Stonewall.com’s close friend, LGBT activist and editor-in -chief of the Bilerico Project, John M. Becker appeared on CNN yesterday to discuss Johnny Weir and why he remains silent on Russia’s anti-LGBT human rights abuses while in Sochi, and how in doing so he’s actually enabling Putin’s “gay propaganda” ban
Becker appeared along with panelists Nicholas Benton (whoever the hell he is) and Don Lemon (who becomes less attractive the more he opens his mouth) with Benton disagreeing claiming that his tacky outfits were in itself a strong statement against Putin and Lemon calling Wier “fabulous” and talking about the pressure that this subject puts Weir and Olympic athletes under while simultaneously slamming Wier by saying that no one likes a “gay minstrel show”
In a lawsuit broght forth by LGBT journalist and activist John Becker (pictured above) of the Bilerico Project a Florida state court judge has ruled that the University of Central Florida must turn over all records related to the publication of the debunked 2012 study conducted by Mark Regnerus that demonizes gay and lesbian parents. Regnerus’ research has been called into legal question not merely for its questionable results, but also because the study was underwritten and backed by the Witherspoon Institute, and other anti-gay organizations.
In the opinion, Orange County Circuit Judge Donald Grincewicz ruled that emails and documents possessed by University of Central Florida (UCF) related to the flawed study’s peer-review process must be turned over to Becker, who sought the documents under Florida’s Public Records Act. UCF houses the journal Social Science Research, which published the Regnerus study, and the editor of the journal, UCF Professor James Wright, led the peer-review process for the research. Becker is represented by the Law Office of Andrea Flynn Mogensen, P.A., and Barrett, Chapman & Ruta, P.A.
Over two hundred scholars as well as the American Sociological Association were quick to point out the study’s glaring lies and biases. These problems also included conflicts of interest among individuals and organizations who were both funding and working on the study, as well as a questionable peer review process.
Regnerus’ “research” has been widely used by opponents of a marriage and LGBT equality into law. And Regnerus’ phoney research and bogus anti-gay findings has been most damaging in Russia – where it has been used as evidence for the heinous legislation that criminalized “homosexual propaganda”
The PBS show In the Life, the longest-running LGBT television program in history airing a segment that focuses on Truth Wins Out John Becker who went undercover last spring to Marcus Bachmann’s clinic to expose Bachman’s use of “ex-gay therapy”.
On a personal note I’s like to say that I know John Becker personally, he’s an excellent jounalist, a highly dedicated LGBT activist and a wonderful human being. It’s truly an honor to know him.
A voice message, left by a Bachmann & Associates’ billing representative, has now informed John Becker, that “[his] account is at a zero balance” and that the charges were written off “per Marcus Bachmann orders”
Well Truth Wins Out’s lawyers have sent Marcia a scathing letter telling him to stop harassing Becker with threats of sending the bill to a collections agency.
Here are the best parts from an oh so withering letter sent to Marcus Bachmann & Associates, Inc. by Norm Kent, Esquire, lawyer for Truth Wins Out.
You have personally called my client demanding he remit immediate payment to Bachmann & Associates in the amount of $150.00 for cancelled appointments. In truth and in fact, these so called appointments were timely canceled pursuant to and in compliance with your clinic’s stated procedures.
According to Bachmann & Associates’ no-show policy, patients are assessed a $75 fee for each appointment that they miss without giving prior notification. Becker’s telephone records indicate that he called the clinic in early July to cancel his remaining sessions, giving Bachmann & Associates ample time to schedule appointments with other clients…
To be quite frank, in reputable and ethical mental health practices, the billing department usually handles collections. We are gravely concerned that you contacted my client out of spite, because he disclosed the truth about the discredited and outmoded techniques practiced in your office, instead exposing the way you misled the public- by denying that this “therapy” was even taking place…
Accordingly, should you take any action against Mr. Becker, we will also allege that your actions constitute a purposeful and malicious prosecution, albeit for a ridiculously small stipend. We will be interested in the civil discovery process to find out from you in a deposition how often you personally call up clients to collect on an alleged $150 debt. Your answer under oath will be most probative.-
It appears that the goal of your unwarranted attacks is to publicly defame and discredit Mr. Becker and impugn his reputation by portraying him as a deadbeat unwilling to pay his bills.
As you know, the American Psychiatric Association says that attempts to alter one’s sexual orientation can lead to “anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behavior.” Truth Wins Out has conclusively documented your office engaging in this discredited “therapy” while masquerading it as treatment.
If you go forward with your claim, we are prepared to show that your clinic’s presentations and practices are specious and surreptitious, unworthy of financial compensation. In furtherance of our assertion, we are going to ask the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General to investigate your policies, practices, and procedures. Specifically, we are going to ask them to evaluate the purported ‘scientific’ basis for your patently false representations that your clinic offers ‘therapeutic’ services
Therefore, we hereby demand that you immediately cease and desist from your harassment and intimidation of my client and his employer. Please do not embarrass yourself or your firm further by attempting to collect a debt that you are not owed for a point you cannot make
According to the letter Bachmann has 72 hours to dismiss his claim against Becker and that if he doesn’t, Kent will “engage counsel and institute appropriate legal actions of our own against your firm”
What will Ms Marcia Bachmann do?
Only the next 72 hours will tell. But if she’s smart she’ll gird her loins and suck it up. I’m sure it won’t be the first time after being married to Michele.