Wayne Besen was the founder of Truth Wins Out (2006-2017), a national LGBT non-profit organization that monitored right wing extremism. He is the former host of Chicago's Progressive Talk, WCPT-AM 820's, “The Wayne Bsesn Show.”
Wayne has interviewed notables including: Comedians Margaret Cho and Lewis Black, Rainbow Coalition activist and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, President Obama’s Chief Strategist and Senior Advisor David Axelrod, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL), NY Magazine Columnist Frank Rich, author Dan Savage, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Ben Cohen (Ben & Jerry’s co-founder), Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Jackie Speier (D-C
Besen is also the author of "Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth” (Haworth, 2003 ) and "Bashing Back" (Haworth 2006). In 2006, Besen was recognized in the Advocate Magazine’s “People of the Year” issue. In 2009, he was named in Instinct Magazine as a “Leading Man”.
Besen has appeared on news and political talk shows including: the NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, The News with Thomas Roberts, and Hardball with Chris Matthews; CNN’s Talk Back Live, CNN’s The Point, CNN’s AC360; FOX's The O’Reilly Factor, The Sean Hannity Show, Hard Copy, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Besen has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, TIME, Newsweek, The Nation, Mother Jones, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Windy City Times, The Washington Blade, and The Advocate
Prior to founding TWO, Besen served as a spokesperson for five years with the Human Rights Campaign. He also worked in corporate communications for Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, and served as a press secretary on a U.S. Senate primary in Maine. In 1992, Besen co-founded Sons & Daughters of America (SDA), a gay and lesbian public awareness campaign based in Fort Lauderdale. Besen graduated from University of Florida in 1993.