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Sunday, June 13, 2010

That's Some Heavy Baggage, Dr. Rekers!

When I was interning for my psychology doctorate at the University of SC, I met and worked with many faculty. There was one faculty member who stood out to me back then as a hypocritical, phony, and dangerous researcher and clinician. His name was Dr. George Rekers. Dr. Rekers specialized in gender identity issues, sexual issues, and homosexuality, specifically, homosexuality reversal. His organization, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality or NARTH, aimed to prevent homosexuality and turn gay people straight. Did I mention he was a Southern Baptist minister too? He also cofounded, with James Dobson, the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying organization. Seems like a bit of a conflict of interest for someone who, as a scientific researcher, is supposed to maintain objectivity, but hey, I was just a grad student, what did I know? The ironic thing about Dr. Rekers was that anyone with even a rudimentary gaydar would immediately sense that Dr. George was himself quite gay. He, of course, professed his heterosexuality and masculinity quite loudly and often, and even wrote books about raising manly boys. He was married and had kids. He was obviously in the closet. I don't know if he was in denial, was delusional, or was just outright lying, but this man had no business mucking about with other people's sexual issues and gender identity problems. Turning confused gay boys over to Dr. George was akin to leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse...

Well....it's a couple of decades later, and the chickens have come home to roost! Guess what anti-gay activist minister and researcher was recently caught in a Miami airport returning from a 10 day European vacation with a gay male prostitute from Rentboy.com? Dr. George Rekers!!! Of course, Dr. George denies that Lucien, the aforementioned "rentboy" was with him for sex. Oh no! Dr. Rekers had recently injured his back, and his doctor advised him not to life anything heavy, so rentboy was on the trip to "carry my luggage." That makes perfect sense! If you take a look at the Rentboy.com website, you can immediately see where Dr. Rekers would confuse it with a valet service. After all, it shows lots of young men with bulging muscles, no shirts, and advertises for "professional services." Who wouldn't think they were hiring someone to lift baggage? And with all of Dr. George's baggage, I'm sure he needed a REAL hunk! When Dr. George discovered, halfway through his European vacation, rentboy's true vocation, I'm sure he was appalled! But, being the good Christian minister that he is, he looked to his role model, Jesus. "Like Jesus Christ, I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them." Now, I get it; he's converting homosexuals one at a time by hiring them as luggage handlers! It's the ministry of bag grabbing! Careful with the handle, boys! Better build yourself a bigger closet, Dr. George. You're going to have a lot of baggage to keep all those rentboy sinners busy!

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