Sunday, May 9, 2010

Anti-Gay Activist Took European Trip With Gay Prostitute

George Alan Rekers, an anti-gay Christian activist and minister, took a trip to Europe with a gay prostitute:

Baptist minister George Alan Rekers, a co-founder in 1983 with James Dobson of the right-wing Family Research Council, was spotted leaving Miami International Airport on April 13 with a 20-year-old he met on a gay escort site, the Miami New Times reports.

Rekers' first explanation concerned luggage:

Contacted by the newspaper, Rekers claimed he was ignorant of his traveling companion's profession when he hired him to accompany him on a 10-day European vacation.

"I had surgery," Rekers told the Miami New Times, "and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him."

He allegedly maintained he learned he was traveling with a prostitute halfway through their trip, but did not deny he'd met the man on, a Web site for connecting gay escorts with clients, the Miami New Times reports.

Rekers had a more spiritual explanation in a Facebook interview with Joe.My.God:

"I seek to lovingly share two types of messages to them [homosexuals], as I did with the young man called 'Lucien' in the news story: [1] It is possible to cease homosexual practices to avoid the unacceptable health risks associated with that behavior, and [2] the most important decision one can make is to establish a relationship with God for all eternity by trusting in Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, including homosexual sins," he allegedly wrote.

According to the blog, Reker's name was removed from the Family Research Council's web site. After Rekers and Lucien denied it, Lucien said that the two did have sex:

​The male escort hired by anti-gay activist George Alan Rekers has told Miami New Times the Baptist minister is a homosexual who paid him to provide body rubs once a day in the nude, during their ten-day vacation in Europe. The massages included Rekers’ favorite move, Lucien said, which he dubbed “the long stroke.”

...Lucien decided to speak out after a heart-to-heart with a friend, Michael, who alerted him to the grim realities of his client's anti-gay activities. Lucien, who had originally declined to speak about the trip, now says he can do little good by protecting his erstwhile, fundamentalist client.

Photo: Salon

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