I am stepping down today as Editor in Chief of The Bilerico Project.
I'm incredibly grateful to my dear friends Bil Browning and Jerame Davis for giving me the opportunity to take the reins at Bilerico. It's been an amazing ride -- we've gone from the East Room of the White House to the Values Voter Summit, and the embassy of Brunei to the U.S. Supreme Court, all while providing daily breaking LGBT news and long-form analysis from across the country and around the world.
The reason I'm stepping down is simple: money. Running Bilerico is a full-time job (you're basically on-call 24/7), but without the pay to match. During my time as editor, I'm proud to say that we increased traffic, reader engagement, and social media reach. My work has largely been a labor of love and while it's been an amazing ride, it's just not sustainable; I'm stepping away in order to focus on finding a new job.
I'm humbled and honored to have worked with such a fabulous group of regular and guest contributors who have challenged me, inspired me, and kept Bilerico at the forefront of the conversation on LGBT rights. To all our loyal readers -- the Bilerico family -- you've welcomed me into your lives, learned and grown with me, and given your time and trust, and for that I will be forever thankful. As I pass the torch, I know you'll continue to give Bilerico the same love and support that you always have.
Don't worry, I'm not going away -- I intend to continue blogging on my personal website, johnmbecker.com, and contributing to various LGBT publications. (You can also like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter as well.) So I'll catch you all there!
And, please, don't forget to give Bilerico lots of love as it evolves into its next phase!