Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rekers Resigns from NARTH Over RentBoy Scandal

Anti-gay activist and discredited "conversion therapy" proponent George Rekers has resigned from the board of the National Association for the Research and Treatment of Homosexuality (NARTH) due to last week's revelations about his 10-day European vacation with a male escort he hired from RentBoy.com.

Talking Points Memo reported Tuesday:
NARTH vice president of operations David Pruden tells TPMmuckraker that Rekers first offered his resignation last Thursday, and officially resigned today.

NARTH is a group that promotes the idea that homosexuality can, and should, be cured.

Pruden also denied a report in the Miami New Times that NARTH had been involved in helping Rekers respond to the media "NARTH has never had any role in advising Dr. Rekers except to suggest that if he is innocent he needs to get a good lawyer," Pruden said in an email. "He has friends who are members of NARTH and they are free to talk with, advise, and needless to say, they are free to help him in any way they might select."

"NARTH as an organization has taken no official role in this other than asking him to explain to us what has happened and in accepting his resignation," he said.
 
I the days following the revelation of Rekers' trip with 20-year-old escort Jo-Vanni Roman, another male prostitute has come forward claiming that he was also hired by Rekers back in 1992.

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