They were photographed coming back into the country at the Miami airport.
Rekers acknowledged traveling with the young man, but explained that he needed someone to help him with his luggage. (Amusingly, the photo shows Rekers pushing the luggage cart.)
The article that broke the story in the Miami News Times (a warning - there's some explicit quotes in the article from the Rent Boy's online advertisement. The article is here) explains how complicated it would have been for Rekers to find his young traveling companion, and that he couldn't have just happened upon the ad:
Then Rekers must have performed a search. Did he want a "rentboy," a "sugar daddy," or a "masseur"? In what country? And what city? If Rekers searched for a rent boy in Miami, he would have found approximately 80 likely candidates. He must have scrolled down the first page, past the shirtless bears and desperate ex-models, and on to page 2. There, at last, was Lucien.
So why is it that the most virulent homophobes turn out to be closeted, self-loathing gay men? That time and again, the people working hardest to destroy queer rights and lives are acting out of some warped spy-movie premise that
No one will suspect I like guys in that way if I'm the loudest oppressor and opponent of gay rights and people. If I stand up and shout about how wrong it is to be gay, and tell people that men who find intimacy with other men are making a terrible choice and they could change if only they wanted to badly enough, then no one will think I would ever do those things. I'll fight to make sure gays won't get any civil rights (and that way I'll get to keep my rights and privileges, and no one will ever know...)
If anyone needed proof that being gay isn't a choice, just look at the men who have made their professions and fame by preaching hatred of and discrimination against gays and then were caught, pants down, with other men in - shall we say - compromising positions.
Senator Larry Craig, voted to ban gay adoption in Washington, D.C., and voted against every gay-equality civil rights bill he could. (He received a 0% rating by the Human Rights Campaign in December 2006.) He was arrested in an airport bathroom in June 2007 and many men have since come forward claiming to have had sex with him.
And just back in March, Anti-Gay California State Senator Roy Ashburn was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (Drunk Driving) after leaving a gay bar.
Oh, and don't forget Ted Haggard, the Pastor who was outed by his prostitute!
In fact, I started to make a list, but then I found this great one at Ranker! Thanks, Joanne!
George Rekers is only the latest in this sorry roster.
"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."
It must be a strange kind of hell, to make your fame - to build your whole life - on holding down others like yourself.
A possible silver lining? We may have arrived at what I'm going to call The Queen in Hamlet Tipping Point:
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
(Act III, scene 2, line 230)
We may have arrived at the place where anyone who is too rabidly anti-gay will be perceived by the larger culture as probably another closeted, self-hating gay man, trying to throw us off the scent.
Because really, who's next? Will Anita Bryant be revealed to be a lesbian?
Oh, I shudder at the thought of our community having to claim her.
Stephen Colbert sums the Rekers scandal up nicely (with some funny moments!) which you can watch here. Thanks to Lynne for the heads up on the Colbert Report segment!