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Rentboy escort: I gave 'sexual' massages to antigay professor George Rekers

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

rekersAn antigay psychologist's recent trip to Europe with a gay male escort from Miami has captivated readers and viewers around the world. Salacious stories have been published from South Florida to New Zealand, and it has been the butt of jokes by Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.

And on Friday, the young escort at the center of the scandal spoke with CNN correspondent Randi Kaye for Anderson Cooper's prime-time show.

kaye_lucien_t1 Jo-vanni Roman -- a k a Geo and Lucien -- told Kaye that psychologist George A. Rekers, an officer of the conservative National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and a retired University of South Carolina professor, paid him $75 a day plus expenses to travel with him for two weeks in April to London and Madrid.

Included for the money: Roman, 20, would give nude "sexual'' massages to Rekers, 61, every day during their trip, the younger man told Kaye.

Gay activists and bloggers have pounced on the story: Rekers, a well-known antigay activist, recently was paid more than $120,000 by Florida to testify in defense of the state's gay-adoption ban.

Earlier this week, Rekers acknowledged traveling with Roman but denied having sex with him. The professor said he hired Roman to carry his luggage during their trip.

Rekers did not respond to several e-mailed requests for comment.

Rekers said he learned of Roman's travel services through "acquaintances." Roman says Rekers hired him after viewing his seminude photos on Rentboy.com -- a gay-sex website.

Earlier this week, Roman told The Miami Herald that he and Rekers didn't have sex.

"In all honesty, I did go on the trip with him," Roman said Wednesday. "He was setting me up as a companion. In all honesty, he's a very kind family-values man."

Early Thursday, however, Roman told Miami New Times reporters about the nude massages.

He maintained to the alternative newspaper that "Rekers never asked for full-on sex and expressed no interest in attaining orgasm."

The lurid story echoes a 2006 scandal that felled antigay evangelist Ted Haggard, who stepped down as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals after escort Mike Jones said he had given sexual massages to Haggard for three years.

"It comes down to what your definition of sex is," Jones told The Miami Herald on Friday. "Ted Haggard also said we didn't have sex and later admitted that ‘sexual immoralities' happened."

Jones said the Rekers scandal attracted worldwide interest for the same reason as Haggard's.

"It's the same kind of hypocrisy," he said. "When you are in a position of influence in people's lives and you're a hypocrite about it, that's when its serious. It rises to a different level."

The story broke Tuesday after someone tipped reporters about Rekers' holiday with Roman, who said Wednesday that New Times "ambushed and took pictures'' of them on their return to Miami International Airport.

Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, a national group that opposes the ex-gay movement, also was interviewed Friday in Miami by CNN. He describes Roman as "a victim."

"Unfortunately, this incident may define [Roman's] entire life. Of course, he is an adult and he did make those choices," Besen told The Herald. "It's easy to dismiss him as a loser seeking his 15 minutes of attention. But he never sought attention by exploiting the situation."

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Photo of Jo-vanni Roman and Randi Kaye via CNN

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The Florida Attorney General that hired Rekers to testify against foster children being able to be adopted by gays was none other than Bill McCollum-who is still Florida's AG. McCollum paid Rekers $120,000 for his "expert" testimony.

Seems McCollum is currently running for Governor in Florida. The same McCollum that has joined the lawsuit against our government to block health care. Evidently misusing taxpayer money to further his conservative agenda is the norm for him.

You have to read some of the comments being left on his Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/mccollumforgovernor
Course, poor Bill is trying to get them erased as fast as they're posted but quite a few people are still managing to get their posts up and their voices heard.

This all just REKERS with disgust, but I'm not shocked nor surprised by a Anti-Gay, Self Loathing, Latent Homosexual who has so much revulsion for oneself that they spew it all over the place. I'm Never surprised by these hypocrite's behavior. Where there is smoke, there's FIRE.. EXPOSE THEM ALL. Well Not literally PLEASE.. LOL

Cher roger, Tu es une vieille salaupe homophobique pederaste.

Lest no one forget: The Dobsons and Rekers have been cashing the right wing evangenital big dollar checks for decades based on his and his ilk's intellectual and spiritual constipation by teaching, preaching, lecturing, and with 'expert' testimony in court hearings

... to have society and parents conspire to mentally torture their children into committing suicide ... which number in the thousands if not tens of thousands.

To date we have not heard one of his party's ilk actually act out their mantra of "personal accountability or personal responsibility" for the mass murders they commit around the world and here in the US ...while running to the bank.

Here are the latest not-as-yet-censored comments from his blog (may they last in perpetuity here):

Brian Bottorff: "I hated to have to move from FLA to Texas, but we have a really bad Attorney General here also. He didn't give $120,000 in tax payer money to a hypocrite pathetic "expert" like you did Bill. Your should pay back this money from your campaign."

And,

Lauren Moccio: "You can try to censor us all you like, sir, but the damage to your PR
has been done. You and George Rekers reached into the pockets of
Florida's citizens and STOLE $120,000 of taxpayer money, and all you
have done is lie and dodge the truth and distance yourself from what you
did. That crosses the line from "politics ...as usual" into ROBBERY. You
should be prosecuted. http://lauriebethsgrotto.wordpress.com

I love the article but thank you for sharing the blog comment GOlds.

Cheers,

Trust me it would be a great Idea :) . This ass-hole needs a sexual escort seriously. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

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