European Gaycation

I'm always suspicious of people who are really adamantly against something. I don't care what the something is, but the more that someone is against it, the more that there might really be a completely different story lurking behind it.

That's sort of the case with a one George Rekers. According to the
Miami New Times, in 1983, Dr Rekers, along with a one James Dobson, "...America's best-known homophobe, formed the Family Research Council, a D.C.-based, rabidly Christian, and vehemently anti-gay lobbying group." He has also "...published papers and books by the hundreds, with titles like Who Am I? Lord and Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality." I'm sensing a theme here. In addition to those qualities, "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." Ah, yes! The gay-to-straight camps! Sure. I've heard those are really productive. Uh-huh. Whatever. You have a pretty good idea of what kind of a guy this Dr. Rekers is, right? Vehemently anti-gay. Hmmm.

So, I don't know, call me crazy, but I guess I just find it odd that someone who is SOOOO anti-gay would hire an escort through something called to "carry his luggage" for him during a ten day trip to Europe. Wait. He what now?

That's right. Mr. Rekers, who claimed to have some sort of surgery at some point in the recent past, said that he could not carry his own luggage on his trip. Thus, he did what anyone else who couldn't carry their own luggage would do. He went to straight to, a site which makes you ascertain that you're 18 or older in order to enter the site. I didn't know that you had to be over 18 just to have someone carry your luggage.

That's probably because is not exactly a baggage handling
website. Granted, I'm sure that Mr. Rekers wanted to have his package handled, that isn't really in question at this point. But what I am saying is that when you click on the button that says that you're 18, you're taken to the main page of the site which is headlined with "Welcome to - The world's largest gay escort and massage site." Escorts AND massages? Does anyone really just go for just the massages? Seems to me that'd be like offering hookers AND shoe shines. Who is going to go just to have their shoes spiffed up a little bit?

Now, I can't show you ALL of the Rentboys on because I'm not all that comfortable with posting pictures of partially clad (ie, no pants) young, hardbodied men here. Not that there's anything wrong with that! (The partially clad part is what I'm referring to. I'm pretty sure that there IS something wrong with the whole dealio.) I'm just saying that I'm trying to keep this a family friendly site. It's hard to claim to be family friendly if your readers are looking at a schlong. But I will show you a picture of the 20-year old that Mr. Rekers chose to accompany him on his European gaycation. Meet "Lucien". Behold!

Yeah, he appears to have all of the qualities that I look for when searching for an appropriate baggage handler. Shirtless. Underaged-looking. Wispy hair. Forlorn eyes. Yep. He should be able to lift Mr. Reker's sac, er, sack with no trouble a'tall!

I noticed on the site that you can "Find Boys" and when you click on that arrow, your choices are "Rentboy, Sugardaddy, Masseur or All" All? Not all-in-one, right? I mean, you can't have a Rentboy AND a Sugardaddy be the same person, right? A boy and a daddy? That seems wrong. Not impossible, but just a bit wrong. Regardless, I did notice that there wasn't anything there about hauling large objects for short distances. That was noticeably absent. It's hard to imagine that Mr. Rekers would go to to find someone to suit his baggage carrying needs. Has he not heard of bellhops? Hotel staff? Drivers?

There are a number of flashing ads on the site which offer various
services and devices for personal use. None of them seem to involve traveling or luggage. I see no mention of Samsonite, TravelPro, Tumi, Delsey or the like. Even under the "Resources" column, there was nothing like that to be found. No, instead it reads "Check out these links if you are looking for professional assistants, post a personal ad or simply try to get off." Sure. I can see where Mr. Rekers would have mistaken that for "I can't lift this, can you?" Uh-huh. Seems reasonable.

Now, Mr. Rekers seems to be in full damage control mode and has even posted a statement at the top of his own website,, that reads in part "Dr. Rekers found his recent travel assistant by interviewing different people who might be able to help, and did not even find out about his travel assistant’s Internet advertisements offering prostitution activity until after the trip was in progress. There was nothing inappropriate with this relationship." Uh, yeah. Now...what now?

Look, if you're going to be a closeted homo, that's your deal. I don't care. Be in, be out, just be you and just happy. That's my motto. But if you're going to be in, please don't be disparaging to those who are out. And, for the love of God, if you're caught going on vacation with a Rentboy, please don't insult the intelligence of everyone having to hear about this story by coming up with a scenario in which he's only there to carry your freaking luggage. And please don't come up with this ridiculous story AFTER there is a picture of you which seems to show you handling your own luggage whilst your Rentboy, Lucien, stands there and waits for the elevator. Behold!

I mean, really now. Are we supposed to just believe any of this stuff that he's telling us to explain why this dude went with him on vacation? Because none of that really bodes well for his story. Not that there was any part of his "I can't pick this up, I need a semi-clad, muscular, 2o-year old, male prositute to lift it for me" story that WAS boding well, I'm just saying.