John Ireland works as a freelance journalist and filmmaker, based in Los Angeles.  “I am fascinated by democracy in action,” he says.  “In my work, I get to meet people who have passion for life… who choose to live life on their own terms.  It’s where these lives and society intersect that I find the story.”


He has focused on the gay rights movement, the electoral process and the effects of linguistics and semantics on everyday exchanges that connect us to one another.


As a journalist, Ireland has been published in numerous periodicals, including Newsweek, In These Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Tampa Tribune, and The Advocate.  He contributed a chapter to the book, Losing It: The Virginity Myth


He produced and directed a short film entitled, Finding Family: Gay Adoption in the U.S., which profiled the patchwork of laws affecting gay and lesbian parents across the United States.   Since its 2007 premiere at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival, it has screened at festivals across the U.S. and Europe.  In 2009, it aired on PBS and has educational distribution through Frameline.


In 2008, after California voters passed Proposition 8, which reversed the state’s Supreme Court decision extending marriage equality to gays and lesbians, Ireland founded GetToKnowUsFirst.org, a media education campaign to put real faces on the issue of marriage equality.  The non-profit effort debuted its PSAs on broadcast television during President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 and has put in excess of $300,000 worth of ads onto broadcast and cable television.  In June it partnered with the California Council of Churches to begin a second phase of distribution of the PSAs, bundled with a resource guide designed for faith communities.  In late 2009, the group re-cut its PSAs for use by social justice organizations in Florida and Maine fighting for equal rights.


Ireland has a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, with a focus on Political Science from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.