According to this story from the Miami New Times, NARTH is trying to cover up the Reker/Rentboy scandal.
After the story broke last week, Rekers sent Lucien a questionnaire with questions about what exactly happened during their trip to Spain and England. Lucien didn't agree to fill it out, so Rekers filled it out. So Lucien got Rekers on the speakerphone and fun ensued:
After the interview concluded, Lucien suddenly called Rekers over speakerphone. New Times reporters jotted down notes.
Lucien asked Rekers repeatedly if anyone else had been involved in the questionnaire. "Yeah, one of the guys who's on the board of a professional organization with me," Rekers said.
That "professional organization" was NARTH, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, a homophobic group that seeks to eliminate homosexuality.
The conversation continued:
"First, I got some advice from the public relations people at a professional organization," Rekers said.
What was the advice from the unnamed organization? "The only way to make this news story go away is to make your first statement and then stop giving interviews," Rekers told Lucien.
As Lucien kept digging for details, Rekers finally admitted that the "professional organization" was NARTH.
You've got to wonder why NARTH was involved in this cover-up. If they don't like gays, why were they trying to help one keep his secret and his position on their board? If they think gays can change, wouldn't they want him to admit he has a problem so that they can help turn him straight?
It seems to me that there are more a few homosexuals working there at NARTH, searching for solutions to their deepest, darkest secret. They look at Rekers and they don't see a stranger or the enemy - they think that it could have been any one of them.
Otherwise, it's hard to see what interest NARTH would have in keeping this guy's secret.
Here's the questionnaire NARTH and Rekers made up and sent to the Miami New Times:
1. Did Dr. Rekers in fact hire you to lift my luggage when necessary as a travel assistant during the trip, because I cannot do so myself since I had surgery?
Together we agreed that I in fact hired him to lift luggage when necessary as a travel assistant during the trip, because I cannot do so himself since having surgery. We agreed that this is what my travel assistant agreed to do for pay prior to taking the trip.
2. Did you in fact lift my luggage during the trip each time it was necessary, or did Dr Rekers lift his own luggage during the trip?
We agreed that my travel assistant did in fact lift my luggage each time it was necessary, that I did not lift my luggage, and my travel assistant did all the lifting.
3. Did Dr. Rekers hire you as a prostitute for the trip?
We agreed that I hired him as a companion and to help with luggage, and that I did not hire him as a prostitute for any sexual purpose.
4.Did Dr. Rekers spend time explaining how the Christian faith is based in love to you during the trip?
We agreed that I explained the Christian faith to my travel assistant in conversations on several days during the trip.
Rekers has since resigned from NARTH (because they have a great image to maintain), and here's NARTH's statement on this matter:
"I am immediately resigning my membership in NARTH to allow myself the time necessary to fight the false media reports that have been made against me. With the assistance of a defamation attorney, I will fight these false reports because I have not engaged in any homosexual behavior whatsoever. I am not gay and never have been." --George A. Rekers, Ph.D.
NARTH has accepted Dr. Rekers' resignation and would hope that the legal process will sufficiently clarify the questions that have arisen in this unfortunate situation. We express our sincere sympathy to all individuals, regardless of their perspective, who have been injured by these events. We also wish to reiterate our traditional position that these personal controversies do not change the scientific data, nor do they detract from the important work of NARTH. NARTH continues to support scientific research, and to value client autonomy, client self-determination and client diversity.