Rekers Rent Boy Scandal Exposes the Underbelly of the Ex-Gay Racket
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Wed May 05, 2010 at 02:11:40 PM EST
We are once again pleased to welcome progressive Catholic theologian William Lindsey as a guest front pager. This piece, which provides us with some important details about the life and work of the now scandal-tainted Rev. Dr. George Rekers, is crossposted from Lindsey's blog, Bilgrimage. -- FC

Readers of this blog will probably already know something about the story of Rev. Dr. George Alan Rekers, a leading proponent of "ex-gay" therapy and co-founder (with Dr. James Dobson) of the anti-gay Family Research Council.  Rev. Dr. Rekers is also an officer of NARTH, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, which promotes the view that homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be cured.  And he's an ordained Southern Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, a Th.D. from the University of South Africa, and an MBA from Southern Wesleyan University.

As readers probably know (this story is viral now), Rev. Dr. Rekers was spotted (and photographed) in April in the Miami airport with a "rent boy" whom the reverend doctor had hired to shlep luggage on a trip to Europe.  When confronted with evidence that he had rented a rent boy from the website Rentboy.com, Rev. Dr. Rekers initially stated that he had rented a rent boy without, it appears, having realized he had rented a rent boy.  Without having realized that the website Rentboy.com specializes in, well, renting boys--in providing young male prostitutes to gay men looking for such companions.

Rev. Dr. Rekers initially claimed that he had found out his rent boy from Rentboy.com was a rent boy only part-way through their European trip, and that his rent boy was solely for the purpose of luggage transportation.  When pressed on this point by Joe Jervis at Joe.My.God, Rev. Dr. Rekers then allowed as how he had rented his rent boy primarily to evangelize him.

This story is, of course, entertaining.  And horrifying.  And all too predictable.  Joe.My.God's ongoing account of the story in the past two days is particularly amusing and informative.  His latest posting notes that Rev. Dr. Rekers was paid $87,000 not too long back by the state of Florida to testify against adoption of children by same-sex couples.

To find the trail of the Rekers story at Joe.My.God, click on any of the following links beneath the posting to which I've just linked: "ex-gay," closet cases, hypocrisy, liars, religion, or self-loathing.

Florida is not the only state that has paid Rekers big bucks to spread hateful lies about gay people and gay families.  In 2004, Rev. Mike Huckabee, governor of Arkansas (and also an ordained Southern Baptist minister), brought Rev. Dr. Rekers to Arkansas to testify against gay adoption.  Rekers billed the state $200,000, of which the citizens of the state ended up paying $60,000.

It's a hard job, but somebody has to do it, spreading lies and making gay families miserable.  And those big chunks of taxpayer dollars--$87,000 and $60,000--can certainly buy a lot of European vacations.  And rent boys luggage carriers potential converts.  And as Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out notes, "It is clear that Rekers has baggage and certainly needs help."

P.S. Reckon "Robert Kumpel"'s right-wing Georgia Catholic blog St. John's Valdosta intends to do an update of this posting back in February touting the virtues of Rev. Dr. Rekers's "research" about gay adoption when said research was presented to an anti-gay adoption conference in Mexico City in February?




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Dr. Rekers appears to be suffering with "ego dystonic homosexuality". When the APA determined that homosexuality was not a mental disorder, but a natural part of human sexuality, they did continue the category of ego dystonic.  These are the (mostly) guys who can't reconcile their own homosexuality with their wish to be heterosexual. They hate themselves as they are, but that is a difficult way to live,  so most end up projecting their self hate on homosexuality in general.  Of course, they especially hate those homosexuals who are comfortable with their sexuality.  
    In the case of Dr. Rekers, I find it interesting that he became deeply involved with the therapy group.  Its obviously serving a psychological purpose for him.  I could speculate, but so can the reader and both of us would be just speculating.
     The rest of his behavior is fairly typical for a homosexual of his type and position:  go after and demonize other homosexuals, especially those trying to live a normal life.  
      It will be interesting to see how far he carries the lawsuits.  I would think they would represent an enormous threat to him. If he carries through with them, it may be an indication of how much he is denying himself.
     To be pitied for sure.  He is living in his own hell that he apparently can't get out of.  However, in my opinion, Dr. Rekers and those like him must be blocked at every opportunity.

by Elizabeth Young on Sat May 15, 2010 at 06:07:12 PM EST


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