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5 May 2010

Prominent US anti-gay activist caught after Europe vacation with ‘rent boy’

Behind the scenes, George Rekers is a major anti-gay figure who has caused a great deal of harm by lobbying for anti-gay legislation in the US.

On May 6, the Miami New Times reported that George Alan Rekers, one of America's most prominent anti-gay activists and a Baptist minister, took a 20-year-old male escort that he met on Rentboy.com to Europe.

When contacted by gay blogger Joe Jervis (Joe.My.God) after the news broke, Rekers said that he was seeking out folks like "Lucien" in order to "minister" to them

The pair was seen arriving at Miami International Airport on April 13 after a ten-day trip to Europe. 

When quizzed by a Miami New Times reporter before a trip to Bermuda, Rekers said he learned "Lucien" (what the paper called the rent boy) 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." (The paper noted that "medical problems didn't stop him from pushing the tottering baggage cart through the Miami airport.) 

Rekers is a founder of the Family Research Council, a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, and testified as an expert witness in favor of gay adoption bans in both Arkansas and Florida. He has also published several anti-gay books.

In 1983, he and James Dobson (Founder of Focus on the Family and '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. 

Truth Wins Out, a group that monitors the ex-gay movement, has called on Rekers to resign from the board of a leading “ex-gay” therapy group and apologise to the LGBT community. 

"This is a bombshell that completely discredits the ex-gay industry and proves that the movement is a fraud," said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. 

"While Rekers keeps a low public profile, his fingerprints are on almost every anti-gay effort to demean and dehumanise LGBT people. Lobby groups that work to deny equality to LGBT Americans ubiquitously cite his work. Rekers has caused a great deal of harm to gay and lesbian individuals."

"Given the sordid and tawdry facts, he should immediately step down from NARTH's Board and apologise to the LGBT community for his extreme hypocrisy and self-loathing. As of today, his entire body of work on LGBT issues is rendered meaningless."

Meanwhile, gay blogger Joe Jervis (Joe.My.God) who contacted Rekers after the news broke was told that the latter was seeking out folks like "Lucien" in order to "minister" to them


Reader's Comments

1. 2010-05-05 14:29  
2. 2010-05-05 15:11  
coffeemateplus@1: LOL!!

The list just gets longer and longer:

Mark Foley, Ted Haggard, Larry Craig and now this guy …
3. 2010-05-05 16:28  
Wow, its totally cool if he wants to come out and go and see Europe now with a hot guy, I really don't care one bit, just a chuckle from me
4. 2010-05-05 20:05  
OMG! Talk about hypocrisy! The worst enemy of the gay movement is often gay people themselves who have internalized their homophobia. Thanks to the nosy paparazzi, the ex-gay movement suffers yet another blow as more and more anti-gay and so called "ex-gay" leaders are caught cruising in gay bars or better yet admit that they are only fooling themselves.
5. 2010-05-05 22:27  
Hmmm.....Something about that moustache should send alarm bells ringing....anti-gay my ass....
6. 2010-05-05 22:30  
He got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and it's delicious!
7. 2010-05-05 23:06  
always glad to see cheats and hypocrites fall flat on their face


8. 2010-05-05 23:20  
he sould be punish by the public, just imageing how many gay people have suffered because what he has done in the past.
Comment edited on 2010-05-05 23:25:32
9. 2010-05-05 23:21  
10. 2010-05-05 23:39  
A good Christian man, of course. He is only trying to 'minister' to these poor misguided youths. I have ministered to a few of them myself, though that is not what I called it.
11. 2010-05-06 02:03  
he needs to experience the devil in order to fight the devil lah ...dont be jealous sista dearie ;-)
12. 2010-05-06 06:40  
Golly... he looks a LOT like my strange next door neighbour...

Who, I was very amused to notice, I saw silently taking what was 1,000,000% a Rent Boy down the lonnnnnnnnnnnnng hallway to his apartment last week!

Wow - maybe there's a Lot of Straight guys out there seeking to 'minister' to Rent Boys, huh? (Is there a discount for that?)
13. 2010-05-06 10:06  
Can one be more consistent? One minute he's one person; the next minute he's another person. I just don't understand people anymore. Please don't make the world so confusing to live in.
14. 2010-05-06 10:20  
He looks like an old fag to me! I'm sure he's been "ministering" the boys for years. He's probably spent more time on his knees than in the pulpit.

We might run out of fresh water,
We might run out of fresh air,
But we'll never run out hypocrits
You'll find them everywhere
Comment #15 was deleted by its author on 2010-05-06 10:46
16. 2010-05-06 10:47  
Ahh, ministering
17. 2010-05-06 11:15  
What did I tell you? Homophobes are either abysmally ignorant or gay men who are so ashamed of themselves that their best cover up is to be homophobic
18. 2010-05-06 11:17  
Hmmm! I wonder... I just wonder who was on the receiving end of the "ministering." But, then, thinking about it for too long kinda send creeps up and down my spine.

Maybe... just maybe... his next, um, rent-a-boy will simply be a poser ready to kick some nuts! OMG! That's cruel. Shame on me for thinking such things!
19. 2010-05-06 12:34  
hmmm, i have done the same -- i had "ministered" some of the members on this site. LOL.
20. 2010-05-06 12:51  
Meet "Lucien"

21. 2010-05-06 13:03  
yuck, he might not be totally gay at all, i mean look at that mustache and cheap looking suit

what gay man would wear that?

so cheesy
22. 2010-05-06 14:25  
Damn. I was gonna grow a bushy moustache and buy a mid-grey suit...

Back to the drawing board, Shane!
23. 2010-05-06 14:33  
He deserves a heavy punch on that hypo face.
24. 2010-05-06 17:17  
you gotta love these christian right wing whackjobs, giving us gays a bad name by carrying on like that behind peoples back
25. 2010-05-06 18:31  
behind peoples back indeed
26. 2010-05-06 20:18  
ha! wot a larf...and the catholic pope Josephine Alois RATzinger (pope RAT) is pretty faggy looking swishing around in those flowing dresses, poncy head wear and those right ducky redn shoes...lol... I wonder if he's been on hot vacations with rent bois
27. 2010-05-06 20:24  
also I wonder if the Rent boi fisted the skanky old queer?
28. 2010-05-06 20:35  
here we go, aztlan, you just can't help yourself can you ? "shanky old queer"... huh ?well, talk about internalized homophobia and self loathing...
Obviously you don't hate the guy for being a hypocrite, a liar, and a fraud. No, you hate him because he's old, shanky, and ugly in your eyes. Shame on you, you homophobic brainless homo.
Your comments make me puke.
29. 2010-05-06 21:33  
So many of you guys are so humorous.
Thanks for the jokes after a hard day's work.
God is kind.
30. 2010-05-06 22:48  
Yet another right-wing American hypocrite! Gutless creep!
31. 2010-05-07 00:44  
The real issue here is not does George Rekers like twinky rentboys.. that much is clear.. he does.

The issue is here is someone who has made a career out of harming LGBT people. Making people think being Gay is a "disorder" and that Gays and Lesbisans are a "threat" to families and Children.

This man may well be directly responsible for untold numbers of LGBT youth who have committed suicde out of dispair because their families listened to THIS man and rejected or tried to "Change" their children through "repairative thearpy" He is the scum of the Earth and should be treated as such.
Comment edited on 2010-05-07 01:25:41
32. 2010-05-07 02:14  
Now i will give him a fabulous wig & an extreme make over as his price for being hypocrite....hahahahaha!
33. 2010-05-07 07:39  
Oh turns out he needs his own therapy :)
Comment edited on 2010-05-07 07:39:55
34. 2010-05-07 07:41  
Karma is a b*tch!
35. 2010-05-07 08:32  
Rekers pathetic story fits in two different registers - the hilarious and the tragic - which are not as opposed as we often think. The paradox reflects strikingly in the comments, some of which poke fun at the buffoon while others remind us that the buffoon in question, and his buffooneries, have seriously harmed and in somes cases probably killed a number of people.
The French writer Alfred Jarry created in 1896 a character called Ubu who illustrates the way horror can easily mingle with farce, and his amazing books have produced the adjective "ubuesque", which accurately befits Rekers (rhymes with peckers). Merdre to you Reverend P. !
Comment edited on 2010-05-07 08:48:25
36. 2010-05-07 14:07  
oh, and is this just my impression or is the guy wearing a wig ? I'd assume there ought to be plenty of hairdressers on this site, so... would they mind giving us their expert opinion on this dramatic point ?
37. 2010-05-07 16:43  
woooooo COCK is better than PUSSY waaaaaaaaaaaaaa
38. 2010-05-07 23:07  
exactly what kind of surgery did rev. rekers have? and was luggage the only thing he couldnt lift? kudos to the miami press for shining a light on this two faced knucklehead! i'm sure there are many more men of influence who abuse their political power and oppress us. they need to be called out for the hypocritical basterds they are!
39. 2010-05-08 04:20  
Nothing worse then gays who stab their own kind in the back. Why do such a thing? Ill never understand. At least a straight asshole I can understand even if they ARE an asshole. But a gay who helps anti gay laws?? He is the worst of the worst of the devils spawn, and I wish him a slow agonizing death
40. 2010-05-08 09:27  
I'm pretty sure he's "ministering" the boy everyday in the privacy of the room while on vacation!


Wat a ridiculous pathetic excuse
41. 2010-05-08 13:32  
The man obviously is a big BS. Truth indeed prevails and it hit him at the back big time hahaha....what a loser!
42. 2010-05-09 03:10  
funny..im just keep smiling...
43. 2010-05-09 16:01  
A bunch of tards
44. 2010-05-10 15:58  
Rachel Maddow today has a video on this piece:

45. 2010-05-10 16:15  
I can understand if those imbeciles with internalised homophobia want to be discreet. I could even understand if they wanted to keep their financial security and said they respect their employer's policy which says "no gays" and kept their private lives a secret.

But who the hell asks them to go on a crusade against LGBT rights? What perverse level of Masochism is that? Beyond that, no one has the right to project his own self hatred onto hating others.

So I am happy when they are caught by the media and it is mildly amusing to see their homophobic employer/ideologist (church or whatnot) drag them through the mud.
46. 2010-05-10 18:18  
"Verily I say unto thee, my brethren, all who shalt be annointed shalt kneel before me and be baptised in my Holy Water of Life. But hold still, dear, you don't want too much of this stuff in your hair - believe you me, it's a real bitch to wash out!"
from the Gospel of St George, Chapter 5, verses iii and iv.
47. 2010-05-11 12:46  
"Get thee behind me, Satan. Verily, I speak not unto the uncircumcised, but unto thy Monstrous Serpent. Raise up thy Mighty Head, and bury thyself in my Eternal Darkness!"
from the Gospel of St George, chapter 3, verse ix.

"Suffer little children and just come over me. Now pass the Kleenex."
ibid, ch 3, verse ii.

Maybe he's half-right about there being a cure for homosexuality. The thought of this hypocrite naked, slobbering over a boy 40 years his junior, is enough to put me off the idea of sex for, oh, about 3 minutes!
Comment edited on 2010-05-11 22:31:29
48. 2010-05-11 13:22  
Too weak to ACCEPT the reflection in the Mirror, he goes about breaking every mirror he can find...

In any case, GOD is Just! ;-)
49. 2010-05-11 13:25  
Food for Thought; if that's even an option for the closed-minded...


There's Karma involved for disrespecting GOD's Creation :-)
50. 2010-05-11 18:26  
You know he is the only Baptist minister with a Confessional with a glory hole! (Well actually 2 glory holes if he is a bottom, but I don't want either!)

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