Sometimes these iconic movie moments have their paralels in real life. Take, for instance, that the loudest voices against gays and lesbians are often gay themselves. They are the wizards, trying to cow us into submission. That is...until someone pulls away the curtain to show the real person underneath the facade.
Such is the case of Professor George Allen Rekers.... Rekers is a Baptist minister and cofounder of the Family Research Council, one of the most rabidly anti-gay organzations in the nation. In his off hours, he also likes to cruise gay for pay hook up sites...of course...Its what all the conservative Christians are doing these days.
"While he keeps a low public profile, his fingerprints are on almost every anti-gay effort to demean and dehumanize LGBT people," says Wayne Besen, a gay rights advocate in New York City and the executive director of Truth Wins Out, which investigates the anti-gay movement. "His work is ubiquitously cited by lobby groups that work to deny equality to LGBT Americans. Rekers has caused a great deal of harm to gay and lesbian individuals."
Mr. Rekers is also a board member of National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, which is another repairative therapy group. Mr. Rekers is also regarded as a leading scholar for the christian right and is a member of the American College of Pediatricians....you know, the sham medical association that puts out false information denying any biological basis for homosexuality...yeah, those guys. And this is only the TIP of the iceberg on Mr. Rekers work against gays and lesbians.
So here is another "Great and Powerfull Oz" wishing to scare us into fealty...the problem with this is that Toto just pulled back the curtain on him as well. As reported in the Miami New Times Mr. Rekers was recently sighted traveling in the company of a young man he reportedly met on Rentboy.com. For those of you who don't know what that is...(uh huh, sure you don't)....its a "gay for pay" site that should be quite off of Mr. Rekers radar.
Rekers and "Lucien"...his "traveling assistant" both freely claim that they met through Rentboy.com, though according the the Times article, Rekers claims he had no idea that Lucien was a prostitute, instead offering the explanation that he had surgery and needed "help lifting".....Yeah...the funny thing though, is that Rekers was outed by a picture of him pushing a heavily loaded luggage cart while retrieving Lucien from the airport. And when questioned, Lucien didn't seem to be on the same page with Rekers in regards to his career as a rent boy:
At the small western Miami townhome he shares with a roommate, a nervous Lucien expressed surprise when we told him that Rekers denied knowing about his line of work from the beginning. "He should've been able to tell you that," he said, fidgeting and fixing his eyes on his knees. "But that's up to him."
Thats professionalism, that is. Always protect your client. You know, because we all shop for personal assistants at a site that specializes in prostitution, erotic massuers, ans sugar daddies. Its also important to note that both also deny having sex even though no speaking engagements where scheduled on the trips the two took together.
With all those credits to his name, you would guess Mr. Rekers would be a pretty intellegent man, yet he denies any knowledge that "Lucien" was a prostitute until halfway through the vacation they took together. Yet, afterword Rekers began making more plans to travel with Lucien to Rome. Emailing him comments like, "This is so exciting to have a nice Travel Assistant and traveling companion! Wow! I'm so glad I met you." Just so you know, this is what qualifications Professor Reker uses to select his staff. Luciens rentboy profile reads like this:
Weight: 132lbs (60kg), Height: 5' 9" (175cm), Body Hair: Smooth, Build: Lean/Swimmer, Eye Color: Blue, Hair Color: Blonde, Foreskin: Uncut, C#*k Size: Large, Safe Sex: Always Safe, Sexual Position: Versatile, Sexual Orientation: Bisexual, Drugs: Non-Drug User, Smoking: Non-Smoker, Ethnicity: Latino, Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Tastes / Specialties / Fetishes: Vanilla, Leather, Anal, Oral, Shaving, Spanking, Role Playing, Kissing, Toys, Feet, Talents: Modeling, Go-Go Dancing, Stripping, Massage, Travel Companion, Tour Guide, Interpreter.Well, to be fair...he did list that he was a travel companion...after listing that he also charges for anal sex. And yet Prof. Rekers claims he had no idea what Lucien got up to...hmmm...not buying it sir.
So many questions here. Does anyone really believe that Rekers and "Lucien" are NOT having sex? And in the off chance that he is not...which is a stretch....isn't it suspicious enough that he frequents a site for male prostitutes? How do you explain that one?
The whole issue makes me think one thing....WTF?!!!!
Why are we our own worst enemies? Whether its Senator Roy Asheburn, Charlie Crist, Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, or any other name that has become synonymous with the hypocracy of wanting to have secret sex with men while also doing their damndest to destroy the lives of gay men and women trying to live honest lives. The sad fact is, if you attend any anti-gay conferance and find the loudest voice damning us to hell...that person will probably be the closeted gay acting out on the down low. Not that their aren't plenty of heterosexual people that would rather see us just not exist...just that the loudest, most hate-filled voices usually end up being found out eventually to be subject to that which they condemn...homosexuality. They are too frightened of who they are and what they want, so they attack us as a way of hiding within plain sight. I also think they do such damaging things as a misguided way of atoning for what they percieve within themselves. By attacking the gays, they attack the gay within themselves.
So like the wizard that terrifies Dorothy into doing his bidding, these people like to put up a false front of grandiose moral superiority. Their words become the ringing proclamations of doom and the shooting flames meant to cow us into silence by inciting the spector of hatred through religion. ...but....you pull away the curtain and theres only a man. No terrible magic. No lighting and thunder. Just a man trying desparately to hide the truth of who he is.
how many curtains have we already pulled away? How many impressive and frightening visages have we already reduced to snake oil salesman? Too many. But we have to keep pulling back that curtain until there are no more voices to create that shame and self loathing in others. The scarecrow wasn't smart enough to see through the smoke and mirrors, the tin man was a lover not a fighter, Dorothy was too busy standing up against the illusion, and the lion was just plain too afraid.....but that little dog knew the score. If not for him Dorothy would still be in Oz. Who's our Toto?