Monday, May 10, 2010
Christian Right Leader Caught Vacationing With Call Boy
Several weeks ago, Miami's News Times caught "rent boy" Lucien arriving at Miami International Airport after a ten-day, fully subsidized trip to Europe. He was accompanied by a much older man with a mustache and a blond comb-over, pushing an overburdened baggage cart.
The older man was George Alan Rekers — the call boy'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 uncomfortable 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." Apparently, these medical problems didn't prevent him from pushing his baggage cart through the airport.
For decades, George Alan Rekers has been a general in the anti-gay culture wars. 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.
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. More details on the story can be found here.