Reparative therapy psychologist George Rekers has resigned from his position as a board member of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), a group that describes itself as "dedicated to assisting individuals dealing with unwanted homosexual attractions." Rekers said in a statement that he resigned on Tuesday to give himself time to fight media reports.
Rekers hired a gay prostitute who advertises on the website Rentboy.com to travel with him to Europe in April. Jo-Vanni Roman, 20, told the Miami New Times (Fla.) that he gave Rekers nude massages every day during the trip.
"With the assistance of a defamation attorney, I will fight these false reports because I have not engaged in any homosexual behavior whatsoever," Rekers said in a statement. "I am not gay and never have been."
As of today, NARTH lists Rekers as a member of its Scientific Advisory Committee, but has accepted his resignation as a board member.
"NARTH has accepted Dr. Rekers's resignation and would hope that the legal process will sufficiently clarify the questions that have arisen in this unfortunate situation," the group said in a statement. "We express our sincere sympathy to all individuals, regardless of their perspective, who have been injured by these events."
Rekers's website states that he "was not involved in any illegal or sexual behavior with his travel assistant." The statement says, "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."
In a follow-up e-mail to Christianity Today, Rekers said that his wife will be retiring ...1