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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.
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.
Then Rekers must have performed a search. Did he want a "rentboy," a "sugar daddy," or a "masseur"? In what country? And what city? If Rekers searched for a rent boy in Miami, he would have found approximately 80 likely candidates. He must have scrolled down the first page, past the shirtless bears and desperate ex-models, and on to page 2. There, at last, was Lucien.
As a favor to Rekers, Lucien recently removed any wanton sexual descriptors from his Rentboy profile. Though he does admit Rekers "likes younger guys to hang out with," Lucien is protective of his erstwhile client. He describes Rekers primarily as a family man — one whose passion for oppressing homosexuals is dwarfed by his desire to help children. "You don't understand how much this guy honestly cares about taking care of kids," he says.
Indeed, much of Rekers's activism over the past three decades — beginning with his 1983 book, Shaping Your Child's Sexual Identity — has been devoted to improving children's lives by educating them, protecting them from their own budding sexualities, and keeping them safe from gay adoptions — as he did by testifying as an expert witness in favor of gay adoption bans in both Arkansas and Florida.
Well, it's a good thing Rekers isn't gay himself. Lucien tells us that Rekers frequently takes in foster children and that four years ago he adopted a 16-year-old boy. We found the boy, who is now Lucien's age, on Facebook. He declined to be interviewed.
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Rekers suffers from Stockholm Syndrome. He has been captured in a anti-gay society all his life and now he acts as if he is the bravest member of that anti-gay society, until the wee hours fo the night or the days he thinks is not observed. I pity him. I am sad for all the men and women who have had to go through life in the same way. I don't care what anyone, including Rekers, in the privacy of their own home.
Whether you like it or not, homosexuality is not a preference. It is not genetic. It is caused by the exposure of harmones at key levels at key times. The reproductive system is an imperfect system that even when it works to the norm creates imperfect men and women. Frankly, I would far rather have it create loving, bonded heterosexuals and loving, bonded homosexuals, male or female, than sociopaths and serial killers.
Next time you see two men or two women holding hands, be happy. If you leave them alone in their love, they will leave you alone with yours.
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um...Rekers is gay. End of story....
You don't go to a website called RentBoy and actually PAY to "rent a boy" and not have some homosexual inclinations...we'll never know if they had sex...but something not 100% heterosexual certainly occured.
Scribes and Pharasees, Hyprocrites! Or whatever it is people say in their self righteousness. **GlassHouses**.
An old asian proverb - He who bangs the empty drum makes the most noise. (Or the rentboy?!)
I agree George Rekers is a monster who should be jailed for the murder of Kirk Andrew Murphy but since that is not going to happen he should be hunted everyday, he should have no rest and no peace in his life ever, and a mark should be placed on him so other humans learn to stay away from this animal. In my opinion he is know different from Dr. Mengele. Yes George Rekers needs a personal one way ticket to speak to his master and quick.
Its always the biggest closet queens who yell the loudest about how horrible being gay is and how it can be eradicated. This guy should be investigated to the fullest.
One thing that may seem unlikely but explains his duality--many people who do evil things can do so only because they really think they're helping. He's obviously a self-hating gay and it's too bad our society makes gay people hate themselves. I nearly fell out of my chair from the last paragraph about taking in young men as foster children. That's so f*cked up. I wonder if he's aware of what happens to pedos in jail.
I just love the fact that this idiot is a foster care provider...he needs to be investigated and charged for murder while they're at it.
It's sad that the young man in Reikers "sissy boy experiment" killed himself for feeling different. I can't believe Reker ordered the young mans father to give him beatings when he sowed feminine traits, yet Reker turns out a homo himself. I'm at a loss of words. Someone needs to be held accountable for that death.
And here we go again....
This may be the last time I drop this bomb, as many of you have heard me say it before... CHRISTIANS do not care one whit about whether you are gay or not!
This is all propaganda to keep us little sheep baying, clawing and gnawing at each other so that we are unable to see how the elitist who foment these lies are robbing us blind.
Christian preachers and ministers are men and women and all have sexual urges that they must struggle everyday to keep in check. Many of them use their pulpit (like this pedophile) and sell their souls in it every week by bashing gays... and the very people in their congregation have many gay sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews in their own families. This tells you that their crap from the pulpit is all about their guilt and shame and has nothing to do with Christianity.
People say that the Bible specifically says that, "Man should not lie with man", and it does... but the Bible also says that "servants (blacks?) should obey their masters (whites?) and who is willing to go back there? The fact is that you can NEVER read the Bible with any measure of understanding without the help of the Holy Spirit. That's not my law, that's God's law.
I think the bigger point here is that unless we wake up and realize that we are all one consciousness, we will be divided, tagged, conquered and peering through the bars of some concentration camp before the century is out.
If you are gay and you do not go to church and worship because of that... then that is your greatest sin. Don't be deceived, Satan and that demon whose name is "Queer" will do everything they can to keep you out of church and worship - it is up to you to live this one life you have been given to the best of your ability.
If you are Christian, then it is wayyy past time you realized that sin is not in the body, it is in the soul. If that were the case there are plenty of overweight Christians whose entire life is a sin and they are in church every Sunday and Wednesday.
We must evolve and rise above the manipulations of those who would keep us separate. We are all made from love and we all came from love... and we will all go back to that same love as long as we live in accordance with love.
Open your eyes. Open your heart. Open your mind.
P.S. Yes there is a Hell and the people who go there when they die are devoid of love and not because they chose a different type of physical love while on this earth.
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I will try to explain to you, friend, still some moments. Whether you understand the reason of what you pulls to unisex relations? How you understand the fragment of the Writing resulted above? All reason, I wrote, that people, having known God, "do not think" to have Him in the heart, leave Him. It can result as personal recreancy of the person when results, so to say, "do not keep itself waiting long, and also deviations of ancestors. Here the two first Precepts which God gave still to Moses, "works" : "I am Lord, your God Who has deduced you from the earth Egyptian, from the slavery house; yes there will be no at you other gods before My person. Do not do to itself an idol and that any image that in the sky above, and that on the earth below, and that in water below the earth; do not worship to them and do not serve them, for I the Lord, your God, God the adherent punishing children for fault of fathers to the third and fourth sort, hating Me, and creating favour to thousand sorts loving Me and observing My precepts. Do not say a name of the Lord, your God, it is vain, for the Lord will not leave without that punishment who says Its name in vain". (The Outcome 20:2-7 and 5 Moses’s Book : Reiteration of Law 6-11) It occurs not because God malicious as can seem at first sight. Simply receding from the Lord, the person makes room for a devil in the life which perverts all fine in the person. Accordingly, people cease to follow the decision of God:" Set the young man at the beginning of its way and he will grow old and will not get off! "(Parables of Solomon 22: 6) Cease to learn their children to love God! But " only I know intentions what I have about you, the Lord, intentions in the blessing, instead of on harm speaks to give you future and hope. "(Book of prophet Jeremy 29:11) as "God is Love! "(John's 1 message 4:8) Both that aspects are take place in my case. Anyway, the brother, at you is possibility to interrupt this damnation which has hung over them come "to bear worthy fruits of the Repentance" to the Lord: to confess sincerely and to leave this nasty thing of one hollow relations as I have once made! Sodom and Gomora have been wiped off the face of the earth because of that nasty thing that their men created, "being raised by a flesh" on each other. It has so absorbed inhabitants of these cities that the Lord has not found among them and 10 righteous persons, when has descended to ruin these cities! Avram before it begged about mercy for these people. The necessary quantity of righteous persons for the pardon of cities with initial 50 has decreased gradually to 10 in the course of entreaty, and their God has not found! The same fate expected also Nenevia after a while, but she "has confessed from the sermon Iona" and has been pardoned!On True I speak to you, the brother:" everyone who will call the Name of Lord, will escape! "(The Gospel from Galatians 11:12) Is written:" the Celestial Kingdom undertakes by force and putting efforts admires Him! "(The gospel from Galatians 11:12) Force in the Sacred blood spilt for you on Golgotha, but is necessary to struggle much to win," till it bleeds to battle to a sin, "-" winning God willing to taste from the Life Tree that among Paradise God! 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@Jon "The sodomites" have existed in every community, village, town, and city in every country, on every continent, in every century throughout recorded history, and probably before. It's going to be hard to expel all of them, all over the world. Where will they go, Jon? In addition, since there have been 468 species of animals and birds which have exhibited same-sex behavior, you'll have to find all of them too.
You'd better get busy! Heterosexual couples are breeding gay babies everyday, even as we speak. Hurry!
I know that you have good intentions here and I was on board with your statements....until I finished reading the small segment referring to your bible. Your first sentence there was wonderful and made some impact with me. Then it went on by saying that we need the holy spirit (I don't do capitals) in order to understand it. I'm sorry, but that really doesn't make a bit of sense to me.
Your post seems to make perfect sense on one thought and make absolutely zero sense on the next...back and forth, back and forth (and so on). So it's someone's greatest sin if they don't go to church because their either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered? I thought APOSTASY was the greatest cardinal sin.
I'm a gay man myself, but I didn't leave the church (growing up Catholic) because I was gay. I left because I came to terms with death, despised those highest up on the religion chain of their mighty hypocrisy and sex crimes.....and simply because I didn't really believe most of what was spoonfed to me. I reject the claims. Apparently, I'm going to spend eternity in "Hell" because of this. Hmmm....I guess believers just know more about the big picture than non-believers, right?
If you believe, then that's fine. Some of us just don't need faith when we already use logic. If one is indoctrinated (I'm sorry...raised) into a religion and agree with it all for years (in your case, Lynne....decades), one will naturally tend to defend it with vigor without having much interest in finding out the plethora of information which can obviously trump their claims.
You didn't type this, but "That's just how I was raised...no offense" would NEVER cut it with me. Never. Neither would the threat of "Hell" just because someone doesn't believe in a god someone else DOES. It's nonsensical, condescending and infantile.
Lynne Gordon, wtf is wrong with you? You are stating that if gays do not go to church or worship " then that is your greatest sin?" Do you really think that one sin is greater than another since the cross? THIS is what is f***ed up with people like you trying to represent god. How can you, as a finite person, fully wrap yourself around that which is infinite?
Sin is sin in the eyes of the one who created all. There is no such thing as a "greatest sin" but people like you love to create that idea and then pin it on gays. Go ahead, take your bible scripture out of context and disregard who said what you are quoting, when they said it, who it was said to, the current culture in which it was spoken, disregard whether or not it was written during the old covenant or after the cross, and disregard everything else that was said before and after it. Take it out of context and use it to cram ur version of things down everyone else's throats!
All of us have sinned and fallen short of god's glory, including YOU Lynne Gordon and your sin is just as abominable in the eyes of god as a couple of gay dudes sodomizing one another. Its all the same since the cross. You are a travesty, Lynne Gordon, and a self righteous pharisee who, like the priests in the story of the good Samaritan, always walk on the opposite side of the street from those who are broken and suffering in order that you might stay clean. THAT is what religion always does. Count yourself as a white washed sepulcher and a snake. God bless you.
men deny having sex on the trip, and emails exchanged between the two before their jaunt are cautiously worded
Love is love. So few people are capable of finding it. When it is real it does not matter if its a man or a woman. There is too much hatred and misunderstanding in this world.
I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog.