Perhaps you missed this unbelievable story about anti-gay crusader and Family Research Council co-founder, George Alan Reker, being caught coming home from long vacation with a Florida hooker (Jo-Vanni), who he found on rentboy.com? NO?
It was the Miami New Times that broke the original story, but here's Rachel Maddow explaining the entire, sorted affair.
Anti-gay hypocrite is news because of his activism
May 7: Rachel Maddow explains what's really scandalous about revelations that anti-gay activist George Alan Reker is gay. It's not his personal life but his efforts to impose his self-loathing on the rest of society.
Joe. My. God. interviewed the Rentboy as shit was hitting the fan. It’s a great read. Here's a portion of it:
Let's open by saying that this kid is no dim bulb. I found him frank, sharp, funny, and quite forthcoming to all my questions. And I had a lot. But I also must say Jo-Vanni is almost painfully naive about some things, as you'll see. Since this interview was completely unplanned, it wasn't recorded and I didn't have a prepared set of questions. So as our conversation bounced around timelines and often veered into unrelated tangents, I think the best way to write this post is just to bullet-point some of the key things he said me.Joe also has a few additional stories/updates related to Jo-Vanni & Rekers:
-His first contact with Dr. George Rekers was via email through Rentboy.com. They met in person one time before the trip to Europe, but "nothing happened."
-Jo-Vanni was excited to take his first trip out of the country and use his passport for the first time. He describes Rekers as a pleasant, amiable travel companion. Before leaving Miami, Rekers told Jo-Vanni that he was a child psychologist, but gave no hint of his also being a Baptist minister, much less a nationally infamous anti-gay activist.
-Jo-Vanni says he first got wind of the expose' by the Miami New Times when they called to advise him of the pending story and request a reaction. They also told him exactly who he'd been vacationing with. Jo-Vanni says he immediately called Rekers, asking, "Did you tell them you went with me? You did? Why did you do that?" Jo-Vanni is angry that Rekers confirmed the trip. "If he hadn't, it would have just been their (Miami News Times') word against ours."
Since the story broke on Tuesday, we've all seen George Rekers' increasingly desperate attempts to deny the sexual aspect of their trip or that he even met Jo-Vanni on Rentboy.com in the first place. They've spoken on the phone once since then, during which Jo-Vanni angrily confronted Rekers about his anti-gay work with the Family Research Council. "I just stay in the background" was Rekers' limp defense. The call ended with Rekers begging Jo-Vanni to refuse future interview requests.
read the full piece...
I've had a couple more phone conversations with Jo-Vanni today. He reports that his interview with CNN this morning "went pretty well," but that they gave him no indication when it will air. (I've emailed my contact at CNN to ask.) And they apparently will show him on camera.
Rentboy Two, Electric BoogalooHas another one of Dr. George Rekers' rentboys surfaced? A man calling himself Chaz, who says he's a "former porn star," announced on his blog today that many years ago he too was hired for sexytime by Dr. George Rekers.Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum Responds To Dr. George Rekers Scandal
Here's CNN's rather tame reporting on what is really a big deal:I just got off the phone with Nadine Smith at Equality Florida who tells us that our campaign against Bill McCollum has finally forced him to acknowledge the Dr. George Rekers scandal. McCollum's press release:As hired counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families, our office is committed to providing our client with the best possible legal representation in this matter. Dr. Rekers, a professor emeritus from University of South Carolina and a neuropsychologist with a degree from UCLA, came to our attention by recommendation from another academic after an exhaustive search for potential expert witnesses who were willing to testify. Dr. Rekers had exceptional credentials and he had provided testimony in similar cases on two separate occasions, one of which was a Florida case in Federal Court. The contract was executed at the direction of the Department of Children and Families, and the ACLU did not object to his position as an expert at the hearing. He has completed his testimony and is no longer involved in this case.
Here's CNN's rather tame report on & interview that Jo-Vanni mentioned to Joe:
Anderson Cooper had a segment that wasn't nearly as informative and thorough as Rachel's, but here it is:
What's with major anti-gay, christian extremists & right-wing politicians eventually being caught in some gay scandal (see Ted Haggard, Mark Foley, Larry Craig & Rep. Patrick McHenry just for starters)?
I'd bet my nest egg that James Dobson is sucking dick too.
UPDATE: Dr. George Rekers was Stephen Colbert's Alpha Dog of the Week:
"What boy would Jesus Rent?"