Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Christian right leader George Rekers Takes Vacation with "Rent Boy"

By now the story is all over the gay blogosphere but I still wanted to look at a case of quintessential hypocrisy: Anti-gay and Ex-gay advocate George Rekes being caught with a rent boy he hired via the male escort site Rentboy.com (NSFW). For those unfamiliar with Rekes (pictured at left below), he has a long track record of denigrating LGBT citizens and promoting the pernicious myth that gays can "change" their sexual orientation.

In 1983, Rekes 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. In addition, Rekes is a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an organization that systematically attempts to turn gay people straight. Rekers is alos a member of the American College of Pediatricians — an official-sounding outfit in Gainesville that purveys lurid, youth-directed literature accusing gays of deriving sexual pleasure from feces. In short, Rekes is a detestable lying assh*le. Thus, it is a case of Divine justice that Rekes has been shown to be a complete fraud after being caught returning from a 10 day trip to Europe with a rentboy named "Lucien" pictured in the photo below via Box Turtle Bulletin. The Miami New Times has the bombshell story. Here are some highlights:

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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"While he keeps a low public profile, his [Rekes'] 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."
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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.
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Having investigated the Rentboy.com site, the only way to have arrived at Lucien's site, Rekers would have had to (1) accepted Rentboy.com's terms of use, thereby acknowledging he was not offended by graphic sexual material, (2) been transported to a front page covered with images of naked, tumescent men busily sodomizing each other. He had to intentionally taken steps to gain access. Given this latest revelation as to the fraudulent nature of the various "ex-gay" ministries, faux experts like Rekes and NARTH itself, one has to wonder why the mainstream media continues to lack the balls to show these organizations for the utter frauds that they are.

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