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George Rekers is yet another sad but hilarious instance of Haggard's Law. A Southern Baptist minister and typical religious right activist, he has written numerous books about the evils of homosexuality and has long been affiliated with James Dobson and the Family Research Council, as well as appearing as an "expert" witness in several court cases espousing how homosexuals aren't fit to raise children, and so should be prohibited from adoption. He also testified on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America in support of their gay ban. When a judge was suspicious of Rekers' testimony, describing it as "extremely suspect" and said that Rekers "was there primarily to promote his own personal ideology", Rekers went on a tantrum describing the trial as "utterly corrupt".
In May of 2010, he was spotted returning to Miami International Airport with a young Hispanic gentleman hired "to carry his bags". Like all baggage assistants, the young man had been hired from a website entitled "Rentboy.com". Much hilarity ensued, of course, with Rekers even admitting he had hired the boy from the escort website—while still insisting he had only hired him for "baggage handling".[Note 1]
Sissy Boy Experiment
The Sissy Boy Experiment was George Rekers's reparative therapy program which ran at UCLA in the early 1970s. The program came under intense media scrutiny following the suicide of Kirk Murphy, whose parents enrolled him in the program when he was five years old. Murphy suffered physical abuse as part of the plan to cure him of his feminine behavior. Murphy's family blames the program for his depression and eventual suicide.
- Bob Egelko, Arkansas judge OKs foster care / Gay parents pose no obstacle to kids' growth, court finds. sfgate.com, 1 January 2005.
- Robyn E. Blumner, Making a loving home for two brothers. Tampa Bay Times, 29 November 2008.
- Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with "rent boy" Miami New Times, 6 May 2010.
- Therapy to change 'feminine' boy created a troubled man, family says. Anderson Cooper's report on the Sissy Boy Experiment.
- Jim Burroway, What Are Little Boys Made Of? Box Turtle Bulletin's analysis of the experiment.