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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

USC medical faculty includes emeritus prof whose hobbies include homophobia for hire, teen sex research and hiring "Travel Assistants" from Rentboy.com

Back in February Christianist hate blogger Daniel J. Cassidy ran this item:


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2010

Cassidy's blog, Sunlit Uplands, got the story from The Catholic News Agency, which elaborated:

During a presentation on research conducted by George A. Rekers, Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina, the presenters noted that “boys and girls adopted by lesbian and homosexual couples show a greater level of stress than that which is already generated by their status as orphans or children abandoned by their biological parents.”  They added that this situation “produces diverse trauma and behavioral disorders that can even lead to suicidal tendencies or attempts.”
“According to various studies containing testimonies from children of homosexual parents, most them of admit to suffering strong emotions, such as fear, anxiety, apprehension, shame and anger in trying to hide from their friends and relatives the homosexuality of their father or mother,” they continued.
Adoptive families
Likewise, addressing the issue of homosexual “marriage,” the study pointed out that “they are significantly and substantially less stable and shorter on average compared with marriages between a man and woman.”  Consequently, “homes with a homosexual adult inevitably contribute to substantially higher rate of changes in adoptive homes.”
“Due to the high incidence of psychological disorders among children who enter the  adoptive care system,” those “living with a practicing homosexual in the adoptive home,” are especially “ vulnerable to psychological damage and an increasing inability to adapt,” Rekers' study said.

Curious that Rekers has ties to the University of South Carolina, Waldo did some research.Reker's on the medical faculty there, though his professional c.v. is scrubbed of references to his expertise in homosexualism. He saves all that for his creepily titled personal site, Professor George.com, which includes this even creepier tab illustration:



-in which a site manager called "Mark" praises "Professor George" for his elderly insights on the subject.

Waldo looked up Rekers' professional credentials, and found he's a dedicated anti-gay for pay type and former bromancer of James Dobson, as well as a dedicated Christianist and sometime Baptist minister:
George Alan Rekers is an officer of NARTH, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality.[2] Despite NARTH's position as a secular organization, Rekers has testified in court that he believes the Bible is the infallible word of God, and that homosexuality is a sin.[3]His personal beliefs regarding homosexuality, according to the ACLU, interferes with his being able to give an unbiased professional opinion on LGBT topics, including gay adoption.[4] Rekers was an expert witness in a 2004 case involving gay adoption in Arkansas, which had banned LGBT people from adopting in 1999. In January 2005, Timothy White, Pulaski County's circuit court judge ruled against the state of Arkansas. Furthermore, he called Rekers' testimony "extremely suspect." He also accused Rekers of testifying solely for promoting his "own personal agenda."[5]
In 2008, Rekers was also an expert witness in In re: Gill, a case defending Florida's gay adoption ban. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman ruled against the state. In her decision, she said "Dr. Rekers’ testimony was far from a neutral and unbiased recitation of the relevant scientific evidence. 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 can not consider his testimony to be credible nor worthy of forming the basis of public policy."[5]
Well, you may think, that's all very interesting. And the point would be?

For the denouement, as the French say, we turn to blogpal From Key To Quire:
Renowned Anti-Gay Activist, and professor at the University of South Carolina Medical School, Dr. George Rekers was returning from a fabulous 10 day European tour when he was photographed with a rent boy, aka -escort, gigolo, male prostitute among many other nom de plumes.
FKTQ has come across a Miami newspaper report on the details:



Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with "rent boy"

The pictures on the Rentboy.com profile show a shirtless young man with delicate features, guileless eyes, and sun-kissed, hairless skin. The profile touts his "smooth, sweet, tight ass" and "perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)" and explains he is "sensual," "wild," and "up for anything" — as long you ask first. And as long as you pay.
On April 13, the "rent boy" (whom we'll call Lucien) arrived at Miami International Airport on Iberian Airlines Flight 6123, after a ten-day, fully subsidized trip to Europe. He was soon followed out of customs by an old man with an atavistic mustache and a desperate blond comb-over, pushing an overburdened baggage cart.
That man was George Alan Rekers, of North Miami — the callboy'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 discomfited when a picture of the two was snapped with a hot-pink digital camera.
Reached by New Times before a trip toBermuda, 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." (Medical problems didn't stop him from pushing the tottering baggage cart through MIA.)
Yet Rekers wouldn't deny he met his slender, blond escort at Rentboy.com — which features homepage images of men in bondage and grainy videos of crotch-rubbing twinks — and Lucien confirmed it.
At the small western Miami townhome he shares with a roommate, a nervous Lucien expressed surprise when we told him that Rekers denied knowing about his line of work from the beginning. "He should've been able to tell you that," he said, fidgeting and fixing his eyes on his knees. "But that's up to him."
For decades, George Alan Rekers has been a general in the culture wars, though his work has often been behind the scenes. 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, and Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter have spoken there. (The Family Research Council would not comment about Rekers's Euro-trip.)
He has also influenced American government, serving in advisory roles with Congress, theWhite House, and the Department of Health and Human Services and testifying as a state's witness in favor of Florida's gay adoption ban. A former research fellow at Harvard University and a distinguished professor of neuropsychiatry at the University of South Carolina, Rekers has published papers and books by the hundreds, with titles like Who Am I? Lord and Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality.
"While he keeps a low public profile, his fingerprints are on almost every anti-gay effort to demean and dehumanize LGBT people," says Wayne Besen, a gay rights advocate in New York City and the executive director of Truth Wins Out, which investigates the anti-gay movement. "His work is ubiquitously cited by lobby groups that work to deny equality to LGBT Americans. Rekers has caused a great deal of harm to gay and lesbian individuals."
Rekers is a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an organization that systematically attempts to turn gay people straight. And the Huffington Post recently singled out Rekers as a member of the American College of Pediatricians — an official-sounding outfit in Gainesville that purveys lurid, youth-directed literature accusing gays of en masse coprophilia. (In an email, the college'sLisa Hawkins wrote, "ACPeds feels privileged to have a scholar of Dr. Rekers' stature affiliated with our organization. I am sure you will find Prof. Rekers to be an immaculate clinician/scholar, and a warm human being.")
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. Both men deny having sex on the trip, and emails exchanged between the two before their jaunt are cautiously worded.
"I called and talked to the reservation guy in London and reserved a room with two twin beds," Rekers wrote on March 26.
"Now that I'm packed, tomorrow I'll work on completing my income tax return," Rekers wrote two days later. "Not fun... But I'll just remind myself that the fun trip is coming soon."
In his interview with New Times, Lucien didn't want to impugn his client, but he made it clear they met through Rentboy.com, which is the only website on which he advertises his services. Neither Google nor any other search engine picks up individual Rentboy.comprofiles, any more than they pick up individual profiles on eHarmony or Match.com. You cannot just happen upon one.

New York Magazine has picked up on the sordid tale.  Scienceblogs.com beat us to our planned headline:

Maybe he was just doing research

Firedoglake.com finds Reker's explanation that he went to a gay male prostitute site to hire a baggage handler for a European tour, well... a bit risible.


Queerty helpfully provides photos of Reker's "travel assistant"- "all 5'9, 130 pounds of him":


Yep, that's what Waldo thinks of when he wants someone to shift his luggage on a ten day trip to Europe.


Joe.My.God has ferreted out some of the lad's other qualifications for being Professor George's baggage  handler:



Meet Geo, The Male Prostitute Hired By NARTH Member & Family Research Council Co-Founder Dr. George Rekers

I was going to withhold the identity of the male prostitutehired by Dr. George Rekers, the virulently anti-gay NARTH board member and Family Research Council co-founder. However, the folks over at Unzipped (NSFW) also figured out who "Lucien" was and have gone ahead and posted his Rentboy profile. So, since the ho is already out of the barn, here's what Rekers got for his money.
Massage, good times, Travel, escort for days, nights and weekends, My name's Geo. 20 year old, 5'9'', 130 pounds, 28'' waist size,8x6" UNCUT, VERSATILE, NICE ASS. Puerto Rican, fair/light-Skin, blond hair, blue eyes and athletic/muscular built. I'm a college guy, masculine, educated, really easy-going, great to get along with, can hold a conversation and passionate You could just say I love to have a good time. Very clean, professional, HIV and Disease FREE. For a sensual meet or companionship. Will do anything you say as long as you ask ;D Repeat encounters are always more exciting for me and make it more casual and comfortable for you as well. Call or text anytime.
Geo's vital stats:
Weight: 132lbs (60kg), Height: 5' 9" (175cm), Body Hair:Smooth, Build: Lean/Swimmer, Eye Color: Blue, Hair Color: Blonde, Foreskin: Uncut, Cock Size: Large, Safe Sex: Always Safe, Sexual Position: Versatile, Sexual Orientation: Bisexual,Drugs: Non-Drug User, Smoking: Non-Smoker, Ethnicity: Latino, Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Tastes / Specialties / Fetishes: Vanilla, Leather, Anal, Oral, Shaving, Spanking, Role Playing, Kissing, Toys, Feet, Talents: Modeling, Go-Go Dancing, Stripping, Massage, Travel Companion, Tour Guide, Interpreter.
Dr. Rekers, how much DOES it cost for ten days with a barely legal, hairless, blond, hung, uncut, bisexual Puerto Rican twink who is happy to spank you and shove it up your gelatinous vile bigoted ass?

What's interesting, underneath this tawdry tale, is the interlinking of conservative, Republican, Christianist bloggers in Columbia who share such an odd obsession with homosexuality (and women's shoes). We'll return to that another day, once we've drawn some more connections.



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