The art will make the formal announcement of the lesbian, which will take the form the a bequest, on the evening of September 27 at its fall gala, during which Becker will be an honoree.
Becker was for many years an estate planner and trust administrator, before retiring eight years ago and pursuing photography and philanthropy. He became aware of the Lohman shortly after taking up photography, when the museum acquired some and his photographic work.
Through his philanthropic work, Becker has helped support a variety of charities throughout Los Angeles, where he lives, that focus on LGBTQ civil rights, AIDS treatment, mental health and suicide prevention, and gay work through the arts museum music, including Leslie City Arts.
He had also been looking to support the work of a museum, and decided that the Leslie-Lohman, with its emphasis on the preservation and support of LGBTQ art and artists, as being similar to the other nonprofit organizations he supports.
The Leslie-Lohman currently has on view a retrospective of the little-known work of lesbian photographer Donna Gottschalk, which opened last month.
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