Mainstream press uses Rekers case to prove homosexuality cannot be 'cured'

George Rekers
George Rekers

When a hypocrite like George Rekers gets caught with a prostitute, we delight in this homophobic crusaders’ downfall. But here’s how exposing bigots like this helps the side of equality.

First, Miami New Times, a sister publication of Dallas Observer, broke the story when a friend of the rentboy figured out who the john was and met them at the airport and took pictures.

Since then, Rekers’ hypocracy has been unraveling.

In an article in today’s Miami Herald entitled “Physician Heal Thyself,” Leonard Pitts used the case to prove that homosexuality cannot be “cured.” If it could, he would have “cured” himself.

To anger his mainstream audience, Pitts pointed out that Florida taxpayers paid for the rentboy. Rekers recently received $120,000 from the state for testifying as an “expert” witness in the on-going case defending Florida’s ban on adoptions by same-sex couples.

He called Rekers’ actions a “moral crime.”

Put yourself in the shoes of the teenager, bewildered and frightened by these feelings he or she is not “supposed” to have, feelings of sexual attraction to people of the same gender. You try to deny them, try to ignore them, try to suppress them, but they will not go away. You are all alone, isolated behind a secret that presses down on you like weights, a fear of rejection that haunts you like ghosts.

He called it hypocrisy preying on the most vulnerable. He called it sad and said, “ours is a culture that would encourage and reward such duplicity in the first place.”

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—  David Taffet

Male prostitute from confirms that anti-gay leader George Rekers is a homo

We’re on deadline here today, and we’re having a few hiccups with the site, but I wanted to make sure our faithful readers didn’t miss this follow-up from The Miami New Times about our good friend George Alan Rekers. Rekers, of course, is the anti-gay, “ex-gay” leader who was caught hiring a male prostitute from Rekers has thus far denied that he had a sexual relationship with the prostitute, saying he hired him to help carry his luggage on a recent 10-day trip to Europe. But now the escort has come forward to confirm what we already knew: that Rekers is completely full of shit. From the New Times:

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.

In his first interview since New Times broke the story Tuesday, the 20-year old escort, who prefers to go by the name Lucien, contradicts Rekers’s contentions that he hired the escort to help carry his luggage and that he was trying to save the soul of a lost sinner.

Although Rekers does have physical ailments that make it difficult for him to haul suitcases, Lucien wasn’t hired to carry luggage on their European vacation, the escort says.

“It’s a situation where he’s going against homosexuality when he is a homosexual,” Lucien says.

Also, in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s “The Colbert Report” on Rekers last night.

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—  John Wright

Anti-gay activist George Rekers outed after hiring male escort from

George Reker
George Rekers

George Alan Rekers, who co-founded the Family Research Council with James Dobson and is one of the nation’s leading anti-gay activists, has been outed by the alternative weekly newspaper Miami NewTimes.

Rekers, a Baptist minister who’s considered a top scholar for the Christian right, hired a gay escort from to accompany him on a recent trip to Europe, NewTimes has confirmed. Rekers is currently a board member for the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), a prominent “ex-gay” organization.

—  John Wright