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Antigay Leader Vacations With Escort?

Antigay Leader Vacations With Escort?

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George Alan Rekers, who founded the antigay Family Research Council with James Dobson and Amandi Nicholi Jr., was caught returning from a vacation to Europe in April with a young man he'd hired on a popular escorting site, the Miami New Times reports.

According to the article, the escort arrived at Miami International Airport after a 10-day trip to Europe on April 13. Moments later, Rekers followed him off the plane.

Rekers later told the paper he only learned his companion (the New Times refers to him as Lucien) was an escort midway through the trip. "I had surgery," Rekers said, "and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him."

The New Times reports Rekers didn't deny he'd met Lucien on the escorting website RentBoy.com. Lucien confirmed the two had met on the website.

In a Tuesday afternoon post, Unzippedidentified the profile of the RentBoy, titled "Boynextdoor/Geo." By Tuesday evening, Family Research Council had removed Rekers' name from its website.

Adds the New Times: "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.')"

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