There are certain truths you can count on in life. What goes up must come down. Drinking copiously and often will age you before your time, but who wants to live that long anyway? And, the Baptist ministers who are also prominent anti-gay activists and hardcore right-wing nut jobs are almost always in the market for a little boy-on-boy fun time.
As reported by our friends at the Miami New Times, George Alan Rekers of North Miami — a Baptist minister who testified in favor of Florida’s gay adoption ban; who formed the Family Research Council, an anti-gay lobbying group, with James Dobson; who published books including Who Am I? Lord and Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality; and who sports “an atavistic mustache and a desperate blond comb-over” — selected a strapping young fellow of his liking from clearly labeled “gay escort and massage site” Rentboy.com and flew him to Miami, from where the two embarked on a little 10-day vacay to London and Madrid.
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.)
But Rekers didn’t deny that he’d met his nubile young man friend at Rentboy.com, and the rent boy himself confirmed it. Plus, even Wikipedia says that male prostitutes are also known as “male escorts,” “rent-boys,” and “hustlers.”
Ignorance seems a bit of a stretch, if you will. So, is this a case of the lady doth protest too much? The hypocrite who must rail against the “sin” he sees in himself?
“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.”
The New Times reports that both men deny having sex on the trip, but the escort also told the paper that Rekers paid him for daily nude body rubs during their vacation.
Rekers allegedly named his favorite maneuver the “long stroke” — a complicated caress “across his penis, thigh… and his anus over the butt cheeks,” as the escort puts it. “Rekers liked to be rubbed down there,” he says.
I mean, that’s not “gay” or anything.
Rekers has turned off his phone and is not responding to e-mails. Meanwhile, a post on his website decries the misleading Internet reports spawned by “a recent article in an alternative newspaper” (New Times shout-out!) which “cleverly gave false impressions of inappropriate behavior because of its misleading innuendo.” But “innuendo” is hardly the parlance of a site like Rentboy, where boys are described as “thick hung, tight-bodied, and versatile” — not “handy with luggage.”
Perhaps fearing that response, Rekers changed tack and started saying that he took the escort on the trip to “convert” him from homosexuality. As for the Family Research Council that he helped form? They just totally threw him under the bus:
“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. Reker’s 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.”