By now you’ve read the delicious tale of Dr. George Rekers, a leading advocate for ex-gay junk science, being photographed coming back from Europe with a young blond “assistant” he hired from Rentboy.com. He hired the boy, he insists, merely to carry his luggage. At least that was the first draft of the tale.
The story changed within 24 hours, as his cohorts on the religious right dropped him off their sites. Now Dr. Rekers claims he was “ministering” to a confused young lad, for by definition all fit young men who shyly sell themselves on Rentboy.com with promises of a “perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)” and “smooth, sweet, tight ass” must be confused. And to such sweet and perfect and guileless (see photo at right) confusion, our 61-year-old Christian crusader was uniquely qualified to minister.
For one thing, Rekers was actually a Baptist minister, though that is not how he made his mark in the world. As a professor of Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Science, Dr. Rekers spent his life trying to reclassify homosexuality as a psychosis.
In this effort, he co-founded with James Dobson the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying group focused on criminalizing all aspects of homosexuality. (For its stream of inflamatory propaganda, laced with bogus anti-gay scare stories, the Family Research Council earned its place on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups in 2010, alongside the Klu Klux Klan and the White Aryan Nation.) Rekers is also an officer of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), a faith-based center for the curing of homosexuality that the American Psychiatric Association has condemned as a sham.
NARTH, when it is not damaging the usually young Christian kids sent to it by their parents, is busy inveighing against the longstanding consensus of mental health professions that homosexuality is normal, positive, and not a mental disorder.
Leading the charge, Dr. Rekers turned up in Florida in 2008 to testify as a so-called “expert witness” against gay adoption, for which he earned $120,000 from the state and a stinging dismissal from the judge. “”Dr. Rekers’ testimony was far from a neutral and unbiased recitation of the relevant scientific evidence,” wrote Judge Cindy Lederman. “Dr. Rekers’ beliefs are motivated by his strong ideological and theological convictions that are not consistent with the science. Based on his testimony and demeanor at trial, the court cannot consider his testimony to be credible nor worthy of forming the basis of public policy.”
And yet there he is in the photos, complete with his unshamable demeanor and rather dyed-looking hair (Rita Haywood red), arriving at Miami International Airport, with his rentboy in tow. Fresh from the fleshpots of Europe, as he put it when the fever is upon him in the pulpit. And guess what? Rentboy isn’t carrying so much as a flight bag, let alone luggage. No, it is our own spry, ginger-headed sexagenarian who is, in the words of the witnessing reporters from The Miami New Times, “humping” his own baggage cart all the way through customs!
So first the story was, I recently had surgery and hired the boy to carry my luggage. Then homo-horror breaks out in Jesus U.S.A., fanned by the happy hands of our own little pixies and elves of Gayland, and the story changes. It changes on — what else? — Facebook when the good doctor makes the mistake of replying to Joe Jervis, proprietor of the popular political gay site Joe. My. God. Joe, in a friend request, asks the doctor — and this is a quote — where he might find “the hottest male prostitutes” in Europa.