Yesterday, I caught a story via Memeorandum which had left-of-center gay bloggers practically wetting their pants; a leading social conservative extremist had been caught with his pants down. And I gotta admit, they do have grounds for their glee, given their delight in uncovering hypocrisy on the right. And this guy, well, he really takes the cake.
George Alan Rekers who, in 1983 founded the Family Research Council with Dr. James Dobson, returned last month from Europe accompanied by a (very) young man whom he met on Rentboy.com.
According to the Miami New Times which broke the story:
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’s Lisa 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 [Rekers and the lad from Rentboy] deny having sex on the trip, and emails exchanged between the two before their jaunt are cautiously worded.
What struck me about the story more than anything was that many of those social conservatives most obsessed with certain theories of homosexuality that we suffered from absent fathers or are unusually obsessed with teenagers seem to be projecting their own pathologies (or passions?) onto the gay community at large.
Here’s a guy who lectures on teen sexuality and is interested in a man just out of his teens–or so appearing.
Maybe Rekers didn’t have sex on the trip and does really delight in the company of young men. But, if that’s the case, then, why did he go to a site which caters to men looking to “rent” boys for sex?
FROM THE COMMENTS: Shrinkwrapped offers:
If he is a hypocrite, he deserves all the opprobrium he has earned; if he is a deeply conflicted and miserable individual who has attempted to externalize his conflicts, he deserves pity.
NB: If not for the press of my dissertation work and the preparations for my cross country journey, I would have devoted more time to this subject. But, I do want to note that this story does help get at the pseudo-science used by some of groups affiliated with Mr. Rekers. And the pathologies of those pushing it. But, there is a parallel pathology at play in the places where this story has become prominent. And I hope to address that as well.