Don Whittington charged up to a desk inside a gargantuan Fort Lauderdale warehouse built from blue corrugated metal. He was seething. "You're a bitch," he hissed at the receptionist. Then, the five-foot-11 Whittington, who was once a championship racecar driver before earning an 18-month federal pr ... More >>
Miami New Times and the Village Voice topped America's alternative newspapers in last week's awards handed out by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in New Orleans. Staff writer Gus Garcia-Roberts was given the nod for best feature for a story about fallen music entrepreneur Scott Storch ... More >>
Brandon K. ThorpGeorge Rekers and a young male escort at Miami International Airport in 2010.Anderson Cooper will examine a "shocking 'experimental therapy' designed to make feminine boys more masculine" on his show at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The story centers around 38-year-old Kirk Murphy, who killed ... More >>
Brandon K. Thorp and Penn BullockIt was May when we caught anti-gay oracle George Rekers vacationing with a rentboy, yet the story continues to redound on our lives. Last night, the two of us headed to a warped Frank Gehry building in Manhattan for the Out 100 party, a Sodom and Gomorrah gatherin ... More >>
Courtesy of Larry Fink/Out MagazineTwo Miami New Times freelance writers, Brandon K. Thorp and Penn Bullock, have been named as among the most significant contributors to gay America this year.They join Ricky Martin, Johnny Weir, and Julianne Moore (go figure) as members of the Out 100, who ... More >>
Dr. Gary Kompothecras, an influential political donor to Gov. Charlie Crist, is at the center of a controversial study.The U.S. Supreme Court today is scheduled to hear a case that could have a wide-ranging impact on hundreds of lawsuits that claim there is a direct link between autism and vaccin ... More >>
Miami New Times was shortlisted for ten awards for Excellence in Journalism from the Florida Press Club, with staff writer Tim Elfrink a finalist for four awards. Gus Garcia-Roberts is finalist for two awards, while Francisco Alvarado, Kyle Muzenreider, and Pam Shavalier are also nominated.
Rekers's Spanking Science
"We created this civilization -- by 'we,' I mean the whites." So says Gordon Baum, the CEO of the Council of Conservative Citizens -- the CCC, for short. "Our local chapters would probably support a referendum to ban inter-racial marriage, I would speculate," he says in a New Times interview. ... More >>
Did NARTH help George Alan Rekers with damage control?Members of one of America's largest "ex-gay" organizations may have secretly intervened in the rentboy scandal, publicly calling for a "thorough investigation," while working behind the scenes to quash the story.Officials of the National Assoc ... More >>
via NARTHNARTH claims it can cure people of their homosexuality. Was Rekers "Not only a bored member, but also a client?"Dr. George Rekers has resigned from the board of the NARTH, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, in the wake of the fallout following his tr ... More >>
Conversation between George Alan Rekers and Lucien via Facebook on March 20, 2010.The gay escort hired by George Alan Rekers as a travel companion told Miami New Times Thursday that he had been paid to give the anti-gay crusader body rubs in the nude before their March 30 trip to Europe. And Faceboo ... More >>
Photo by Brandon K. ThorpGeorge Rekers and "Lucien" at MIA.The male escort hired by anti-gay activist George Alan Rekers has told Miami New Times the Baptist minister is a homosexual who paid him to provide body rubs once a day in the nude, during their ten-day vacation in Europe. Rekers alleged ... More >>
George Alan Rekers, the anti-gay activist who hired a male prostitute, has fired back at the New Times reporters who broke the story. This afternoon, Rekers sent an email calling a follow-up article "defamation." He claims his rent-a-boy agreed to a statement that clears him of sexual acts. ... More >>
George Alan RekersAnti-gay activist George Alan Rekers contends in an earlier post on Riptide that he did not hire a young gay escort named Lucien as a prostitute. But what the minister -- who hasn't returned calls seeking comment -- likely didn't realize is that Miami New Times reporters were sitti ... More >>
Dr. George A. Rekers says that Jesus hung out with prostitutes too.Yesterday, a report from New Times contributors Penn Bullock and Brandon K. Thorp went up bringing to light the fact that Dr. George Rekers, a leading "scientific" voice in the anti-gay movement, had hired a male prostitute who ad ... More >>
Photo by Penn BullockGeorge Rekers and 'Lucien' waiting for the elevator at MIA.Here's the photo referred to in yesterday's story about anti-gay activist George Rekers and his rent-boy. Note that Mr. Rekers is handling the baggage. So who's helping whom?
George Alan RekersBy now, you've likely read about George Alan Rekers, the luxuriously mustachioed Christian fundie and co-founder of the Family Research Council, whom we caught coming home from Europe with a young male escort. Rekers claims his ill health necessitated hiring the boy as a luggage ... More >>
Courtesy of Miami-Dade CorrectionsEfraim DiveroliIn early 2007, after winning a $300 million U.S. Army contract to equip Afghanistan with munitions, Miami Beach arms dealer Efraim Diveroli, age 21, went scavenging in Albania. There he subcontracted Ylli Pinari, head of that Balkan country's state-ru ... More >>
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