Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ex-gay Leader George Rekers Caught with Rent Boy

The Miami New Times News reported Wednesday that George Rekers, co-founder the Family Research Council and member of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) was photographed at the Miami airport in the company of a known mail prostitute returning from a ten-day trip to Europe.

The articles says:
On April 13, the "rent boy" (whom we'll call Lucien) arrived at Miami International Airport on Iberian Airlines Flight 6123, after a ten-day, fully subsidized trip to Europe. He was soon followed out of customs by an old man with an atavistic mustache and a desperate blond comb-over, pushing an overburdened baggage cart.
That man was George Alan Rekers, of North Miami — the callboy's client and, as it happens, one of America's most prominent anti-gay activists. Rekers, a Baptist minister who is a leading scholar for the Christian right, left the terminal with his gay escort, looking a bit discomfited when a picture of the two was snapped with a hot-pink digital camera.
Reached by New Times before a trip to Bermuda, Rekers said he learned Lucien was a prostitute only midway through their vacation. "I had surgery," Rekers said, "and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him." (Medical problems didn't stop him from pushing the tottering baggage cart through MIA.)
 In an interesting development, blogger Joe Jervis of Joe.My.God reached out to Rekers on FaceBook and asked him about the article. Here is Reker's response:

Jervis has gone even further and tracked down Reker's escort "Lucien" and identified him as a 20-year-old Puerto Rican called Geo.

Despite Reker's assertions that he hired the barely legal young man to simply carry his luggage, the Rentboy.com site makes it very clear that it is an adult site with depictions of nudity and sexually explicit images and includes an adult verification page before visitors are allowed to enter the site.

Wayne Besen, Director of "Truth Wins Out", a group that exposes the myths and psychological harm of ex-gay therapy, released a statement Wednesday saying, "This is a bombshell that completely discredits the ex-gay industry and proves that the movement is a fraud," said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. "While Rekers keeps a low public profile, his fingerprints are on almost every anti-gay effort to demean and dehumanize LGBT people. Lobby groups that work to deny equality to LGBT Americans ubiquitously cite his work. Rekers has caused a great deal of harm to gay and lesbian individuals."


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