Another anti-gay warmonger caught with male hooker

George A Rekers may not be as well-known as James Dobson of Focus on the Family infamy, but the two of them co-founded the Family Research Council, a rabidly Christian rightwing outfit on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. He is also a Baptist minister, and a board member of the so-called National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), a purveyor of pseudo-science frequently cited by gay-haters needing a bit of “scientific” backing for their campaigns.

He has a long record of speaking against gay equality, insinuating his way into government advisory positions for effect.

George A Rekers was also the client who went on a 10-day European vacation with a young man called “Lucien” or “Geo”, whom he first got to know through the website Rentboy.com – something that Rekers did not deny.

On the site, the sex worker said he was 20 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall with an 8-inch cock, light-coloured skin and blond hair. “Will do anything as long as you ask,” he wrote on his page.

The news was first broken by the Miami New Times (link) which reported that the two were seen returning from Europe at Miami International Airport on 13 April 2010. Explaining why “Lucien” went with him on the vacation, Rekers told the newspaper “I had surgery, and I can’t lift luggage. That’s why I hired him.”

He also claimed that he only discovered that “Lucien” was a rentboy halfway through the trip.

Traced and contacted by the newspaper, “Lucien”, who advertised himself as “Geo” on Rentboy.com, confirmed that Rekers reached him via that site. He advertised on no other site, he said. And the site, as I myself have seen, serves no other purpose than to sell sexual services. It is not a site for hiring baggage helpers.

George Rekers is hardly the first anti-gay warmonger to be caught, and won’t be the last. If there’s any constant about the Christian Right’s anti-gay wing, it is this smug hypocrisy of which we are reminded as regularly as a metronome keeps time. The whole movement would be a supreme joke if not for all the suffering their rhetoric has caused to countless gay men and women struggling for love and acceptance.

5 Responses to “Another anti-gay warmonger caught with male hooker”


  1. 1 FeebleChicken 6 May 2010 at 11:22

    You might be interested in this story about an undercover gay to straight christian conversion camp, http://www.alternet.org/story/146557/?page=entire

  2. 2 yawningbread 6 May 2010 at 14:13

    Thanks, that was an interesting read. My thoughts:

    People like Rekers are perpetrators of a psycho-social environment that permits a gigantic fraud to be pulled off. Rekers et al influence people to think that they have a dreadful problem if they are gay… and then you have others who set up these money-spinning “therapies” and “camps” to help you overcome the “problem”.

    It’s like if people went about influencing others to believe that being Asian is a sinful problem followed by others who make money brandishing claims that they can turn you into Europeans or whatever, which of course they can’t.

    The truth is: the original condition is not a problem and the “therapy” is no solution.

    The article you cited looked at both the victims of this fraud (the people who paid money to sign up for the camp) and the direct perpetrators of the fraud (the people who ran the camp, and people like Rekers who created the doctrinal nonsense).

    The victims are not the problem.

    Another thought – the writer of the article you cited was very concerned about the Confidentiality Agreement he had signed. No doubt, the fact that the camp organisers insisted on such an Agreement made the whole enterprise highly suspect. But clearly the camp organisers mean to enforce it through a legal suit if need be.

    The writer’s defence should be both the public interest argument and the “clean hands” argument. If the camp organisers sue, the writer can argue that they intended to perpetuate a fraud, and the justice system cannot be used to help someone do so; the camp organisers would not be approaching the court for relief with clean hands.

  3. 3 FeebleChicken 6 May 2010 at 19:19

    The way I see it this sort of thing is not much different from seeing a psyche, someone who actually believes he or she has the power to read or sense ghosts. The lack of critical thinking and desperation led by conservative ideology leads to the profiting of such enterprises. You might have seen Rachel Maddow’s interview with one of these charlatans? This was when she was covering the Ugandan story about the death panalty for gay people

    I am not familiar with US law. Won’t the right of free speech invalidate the confidentiality clause?

  4. 4 Larry 7 May 2010 at 01:31

    Freedom of speech does not override a legally binding contract.

  5. 5 Beast 15 July 2010 at 09:18

    I wonder if there is a therapy to turn me into a durian lover.

    As the “king of fruits”, this particularly thorny fruit gives off a foul smell that makes me recoil with terror everytime I come into its sphere of “influence”.

    Maybe a therapy can turn me into a typical durian lover?

    Ok, jokes aside, the point I want to make is this: One man’s honey, another man’s poison. On one hand, I hate durians, but I don’t insist that durians be banned, nor should I condemn people who love durians.

    It is the same with gay sex. I don’t like it, but some do, and I don’t see why the majority should butt their noses into the bedrooms of consenting adults.


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