Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with "rent boy"

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    May 05, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    The pictures on the Rentboy.com profile show a shirtless young man with delicate features, guileless eyes, and sun-kissed, hairless skin. The profile touts his "smooth, sweet, tight ass" and "perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)" and explains he is "sensual," "wild," and "up for anything" — as long you ask first. And as long as you pay.

    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.)

    Yet Rekers wouldn't deny he met his slender, blond escort at Rentboy.com — which features homepage images of men in bondage and grainy videos of crotch-rubbing twinks — and Lucien confirmed it.

    At the small western Miami townhome he shares with a roommate, a nervous Lucien expressed surprise when we told him that Rekers denied knowing about his line of work from the beginning. "He should've been able to tell you that," he said, fidgeting and fixing his eyes on his knees. "But that's up to him."

    For decades, George Alan Rekers has been a general in the culture wars, though his work has often been behind the scenes. In 1983, he and James Dobson, America's best-known homophobe, formed the Family Research Council, a D.C.-based, rabidly Christian, and vehemently anti-gay lobbying group that has become a standard-bearer of the nation's extreme right wing. Its annual Values Summit is considered a litmus test for Republican presidential hopefuls, and Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter have spoken there. (The Family Research Council would not comment about Rekers's Euro-trip.)

    He has also influenced American government, serving in advisory roles with Congress, the White House, and the Department of Health and Human Services and testifying as a state's witness in favor of Florida's gay adoption ban. A former research fellow at Harvard University and a distinguished professor of neuropsychiatry at the University of South Carolina, Rekers has published papers and books by the hundreds, with titles like Who Am I? Lord and Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality.

    "While he keeps a low public profile, his fingerprints are on almost every anti-gay effort to demean and dehumanize LGBT people," says Wayne Besen, a gay rights advocate in New York City and the executive director of Truth Wins Out, which investigates the anti-gay movement. "His work is ubiquitously cited by lobby groups that work to deny equality to LGBT Americans. Rekers has caused a great deal of harm to gay and lesbian individuals."

    Rekers is a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an organization that systematically attempts to turn gay people straight. And the Huffington Post recently singled out Rekers as a member of the American College of Pediatricians — an official-sounding outfit in Gainesville that purveys lurid, youth-directed literature accusing gays of en masse coprophilia. (In an email, the college's Lisa Hawkins wrote, "ACPeds feels privileged to have a scholar of Dr. Rekers' stature affiliated with our organization. I am sure you will find Prof. Rekers to be an immaculate clinician/scholar, and a warm human being.")

    Rekers lectures worldwide, from Europe to the Middle East, on teen sexuality. Yet during his ten-day sojourn with Lucien to London and Madrid, he had no lectures scheduled. Both men deny having sex on the trip, and emails exchanged between the two before their jaunt are cautiously worded.

    "I'd like to propose another trip to Rome, Italy, for a week or more," Rekers wrote in an email dated March 21 obtained by New Times. "This is so exciting to have a nice Travel Assistant and traveling companion! Wow! I'm so glad I met you."

    "I called and talked to the reservation guy in London and reserved a room with two twin beds," Rekers wrote on March 26.

    "Now that I'm packed, tomorrow I'll work on completing my income tax return," Rekers wrote two days later. "Not fun... But I'll just remind myself that the fun trip is coming soon."

    In his interview with New Times, Lucien didn't want to impugn his client, but he made it clear they met through Rentboy.com, which is the only website on which he advertises his services. Neither Google nor any other search engine picks up individual Rentboy.com profiles, any more than they pick up individual profiles on eHarmony or Match.com. You cannot just happen upon one.

    Continued on: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2010-05-06/news/christian-right-leader-george-rekers-takes-vacation-with-rent-boy/1
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    May 05, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2010-05-06/news/christian-right-leader-george-rekers-takes-vacation-with-rent-boy


    MY, MY!

    And, I'm SURE they didn't have any sex at ALL.

    Don't all homophobic religious right anti-gay crusaders go looking for "travel companions" on Rentboy.com?
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    May 06, 2010 10:55 AM GMT
    And why haven't any of you found the Rentboy.com profile?

    BTW, I don't know any rentboys who work part time as international luggage carriers.
  • GQjock

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    May 06, 2010 11:16 AM GMT
    I LUV His answer

    ..... Errr - He's my Luggage carrier, Yeah icon_neutral.gif

    Just as good as him saying that he was his food taster icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 06, 2010 11:24 AM GMT
    GQjock saidI LUV His answer

    ..... Errr - He's my Luggage carrier, Yeah icon_neutral.gif

    Just as good as him saying that he was his food taster icon_rolleyes.gif


    Ugh,. I'm sure he tasted SOMETHING.
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    May 06, 2010 11:58 AM GMT
    The comments on this blog are hilarious:

    http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/04/christian-right-lead.html
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    May 06, 2010 12:04 PM GMT
    George Alan Rekers is a shameless hypocrite--the kind that makes probably makes God want to vomit.

    What a liar Rekers is! He got caught red-handed. Yet he lacks the decency and moral fortitude to tell the truth. He'll burn in hell--before all of us--for all the evil he's done.
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    May 06, 2010 12:08 PM GMT
    BlkMuscleGent saidHe'll burn in hell--before all of u--for all the evil he's done.


    Oh nice. We´re going to burn in hell are we?
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    May 06, 2010 12:10 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    BlkMuscleGent saidHe'll burn in hell--before all of u--for all the evil he's done.


    Oh nice. We´re going to burn in hell are we?


    Oops! I meant to type the word "us." (I just corrected it,) Come on, Lostboy. You should know me better than that.

    For the record, I don't know who's going to burn in hell. But if I had to guess, Rekers would probably make it there quickly--in a hand-basket.
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    May 06, 2010 12:12 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidAnd why haven't any of you found the Rentboy.com profile?

    BTW, I don't know any rentboys who work part time as international luggage carriers.

    Don't major airports still have Skycaps, hotels have bellhops (or other terms depending on the country), even taxi drivers will help for an extra tip. I was at MIA last month, and I thought I saw Skycaps. And some airports also have complimentary luggage services for the handicapped, because I've used them myself.

    Now in fairness, employing a "traveling companion" was a custom in earlier generations, especially among wealthy women, it being considered unseemly for an upper-class single female to travel alone. Furthermore, the companion would handle all the pesky travel arrangements along the way, interfacing with lodging staff, setting up additional transportation, making eating arrangements, etc.

    Today we call this person a "Private Secretary" or "Personal Assistant" so why not just say that? "This is my Personal Assistant, since I need help when I travel for medical reasons," rather than saying he carries luggage. And we'd expect an older man to employ a young and healthy male for this sometimes physical job, as taking a woman along might raise even more questions, and require completely separate rooming.

    But not a man you located through rentboy.com, as "Lucien" is alleged to have admitted, rather than by word-of-mouth referral or some other means. How do you read such an online profile and not realize what this guy does?

    I look forward to following this saga further, and seeing what spin Rekers and his camp put on it. icon_wink.gif

    Edit: It now appears "Lucien's" rentboy name was "Geo" and his page has been taken down.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 06, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
    Sounds like he is taking his "studies" to a personal level...

    Nothing new here, one trait left off the resumes of many right wing homophobes...... "hypocrite".....
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    May 06, 2010 12:18 PM GMT
    hehe... well I was just reading G_farce (now know as BareAssBandit, or some other such name) and he had a lovely thread saying (1) we´re going to be blasted by god if we don´t become Christians (2) natural disasters are there to make us become Christians and give us a foretaste of how pissy god gets.

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    May 06, 2010 1:55 PM GMT
    Well, the Family Research Council has "denounced" co-founder George Rekers and in an old-fashioined USSR way has quickly removed all traces of his name in the Council's records (remember how the old USSR would purge all traces and edit people out of photos once they'd denounced party members?)...and Joe.My.God's blog had this to say, quoting from the FRC's statements:

    "In the past 24 hours FRC has received calls regarding Dr. George Rekers and his connection with the Family Research Council. After reviewing the historical records we did verify that Dr. Rekers was a member of the original Family Research Council board prior to its merger with Focus on the Family in 1987.

    "Reports have been circulating regarding Dr. Rekers relationship with a male prostitute. FRC has had no contact with Dr. Rekers or knowledge of his activities in over a decade so FRC can provide no further insight into these allegations.

    "While we are extremely disappointed when any Christian leader engages in the very activities that they 'preach' against, it is not surprising. The Scriptures clearly teach the fallen nature of all people. We each have a choice to act upon that nature or accept the forgiveness offered by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and do our best to ensure our actions, both public and private match our professed positions." - Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, simultaneously denouncing Rekers and pretending NOT TO KNOW WHO HE IS.

    No knowledge of his activities? SRSLY? When they've been skipping hand-in-hand to every anti-gay conference in the country? Wow, THAT lie is almost Rekersesque, innit? MAN OVERBOARD!
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    May 06, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    Furthermore, here's additional scandal info


    "When the story broke yesterday that NARTH member and Family Research Council co-founder Dr. George Rekers had patronized a male prostitute, some of you noted his role is Florida's campaign to maintain its ban on gay adoption. Towleroad recaps that for us this morning:
    "Rekers was one of only two witnesses Attorney General Bill McCollum called in an effort to reverse a Miami judge who ruled Florida's adoption ban- the only one in the country- is unconstitutional. McCollum paid Rekers and a colleague $87,000 for testimony that called gay people mentally unstable and advised that the ban should be expanded to include Native Americans because, Rekers claimed, they are also at much higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse. 'They would tend to hang around each other,' Rekers testified. 'So the children would be around a lot of other Native Americans who are … doing the same sorts of things.' This latest controversy may shed new light on how outrageously bias and scientifically unsupported Rekers' testimony has been, said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida. 'It is disgraceful that the attorney general used taxpayer dollars to compensate this discredited bigot-for-hire,' said Smith. 'It shows just how low they have to scrape to find anyone even willing to defend this awful ban that denies children permanent loving homes.'"
    He was paid a fucking fortune by the STATE to stop gay adoption, then he took that money to buy a ten-day sex romp through Europe with a boy barely out of his adoptable years himself."

    Or, as the Colbert Report stated in part "Tecnically I believe he was looking for someone to hoist his sack." Muahahahahaha
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    May 06, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    Check out the hot hot CameraBoy!

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    May 06, 2010 4:27 PM GMT
    If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, pretend you hate ducks.
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    May 06, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    Colbert's rented boy:

    rentboy.jpg
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    May 06, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidColbert's rented boy:

    rentboy.jpg
    Thanks for that! It's extra hot when he dances!
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    May 06, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    Is that actually one of his cameraman that he asked to play a rentboy or a rentboy he payed to play the part of the cameraman?
    Either way... Colbert's rentboy owns Reker's.
    Jealous.
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    May 06, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidColbert's rented boy:

    rentboy.jpg


    Hell ...... I'd Hoist HIS sack anytime icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 07, 2010 4:56 AM GMT
    The latest update from the Miami New Times - with more updates to come, including all the juicy details.

    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2010/05/george_rekers_is_a_homosexual_says_escort.php

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    May 07, 2010 11:15 AM GMT
    Joe.My.God interviews Jo-Vanni Roman:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-interview-with-jo-vanni-roman.html
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    May 07, 2010 12:41 PM GMT
    That old perv icon_lol.gif Closet cases need to carry their own baggage icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 07, 2010 12:43 PM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidThat old perv icon_lol.gif Closet cases need to carry their own baggage icon_rolleyes.gif

    Yeah, cause that old queen is carrying LOTS of baggage... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 08, 2010 9:15 PM GMT
    What else is new, another right wing christian man gets caught doing the unthinkable with another man. This guy is just another hypocrite. This is just more additional valid proof upon tons of already existing valid proof that this ex-gay movement is a bunch of baseless bullshit.