A Santa Maria, California native and alumnus of Yale University, Glines won a Tony Award for Best Play in 1983 as a producer of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, and won three Drama Desk Awards as producer of the plays Torch Song Trilogy, As Is (1985), and Whoop-Dee-Doo! (1994).
In 1976, Glines, Barry Laine and Jerry Tobin co-founded "The Glines," a non-profit organization for gay art that dispels stereotypes and encourages positive self-images.
- "The John Glines Papers," Yale University Library
- "John Glines: Developing Positive Self-Images for Gays," Janice Arkatov, The Los Angeles Times, March 21, 1989.