Thursday, May 6, 2010

A "Mannish" Man

This is reminding me more and more of something out of Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice," especially the description of the old roue, Rekers, as sporting 'an atavistic mustache and a desperate blonde comb-over." I can see him shuffling down the concourse in bedroom slippers, following the rentboy with the luggage...and it is NOT a pretty sight...

Ex-Gay Leader's Male Escort: Actually, We Did Have Sex
Rachel Slajda | May 6, 2010, 2:40PM

The male escort who accompanied George Rekers, a leader of the ex-gay movement, on a European vacation now says the two did engage in sex acts.

The escort, dubbed "Lucien" by the Miami New Times, told the paper that Rekers paid him to provide daily massages, in the nude. The massages included Rekers' favorite move, Lucien said, which he dubbed "the long stroke."

"Rekers liked to be rubbed down there," he said. He originally said the two did not have sex.

Rekers, a Christian Right leader and Baptist minister, was on the founding board of the Family Research Council. He's also a member of the American College of Pediatricians, which believes homosexuality can be cured, and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. He's been paid tens of thousands of dollars by Florida and Arkansas to testify in favor of their bans on gay couples adoption children.

"It's a situation where he's going against homosexuality when he is a homosexual," Lucien told the New Times. The paper broke the story of their 10-day trip earlier this week. Rekers hired Lucien via the web site (NSFW), an escort site. Rekers maintains that he hired the escort to simply help him lift heavy things during the trip, and has also reportedly said that he was trying to save him from his sinner's lifestyle.

Rekers, who has devoted much of his life to protecting children from homosexuality and other perceived sins, has two blogs on the subject: Professor George and Teen Sex Today.

He hasn't written on "Teen Sex," which is linked from his web site, since last year. Some excerpts:

On the dangers of porn:
It all starts off with a quick glimpse of someone in a skimpy outfit, then leads to a night of online swimsuit photo viewing. However, this doesn't satisfy your sexual urge, so you venture on to soft-core porn images (and maybe a quick mpeg here and there). But yet you still crave more intense and explicit porn, which leads you to "stumble" upon hard-core porn sites. Eventually, the most explicit images do not satisfy you. You long for more and more extreme, however, it is never enough. You are hooked and keep coming back for more, whatever the cost.
On a teenager who reportedly stabbed her older boyfriend for refusing sex:
This news story raises a number of questions: Is it wise for a teen girl to pursue an unmarried sexual relationship with a man in his mid-30's? Why didn't she just leave him alone when he turned down her sexual advance? Would true "love" end up stabbing the person loved? Did she really want to "make love" or just have sexual gratification?

A board member of one of Rekers' groups, NARTH, told the Washington Post that he believes the "travel assistant" story.

Rekers "is a dear, kind man who has had poor health as he has aged and often finds it impossible [alone] to travel to professional conferences or meetings," he said.

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