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How Memes are Born: “Lift My Luggage”

George Rekers, one of America’s most prominent anti-gay crusaders, was caught in the Miami airport returning from a ten-day “fun trip” to Europe with a hired male prostitute. Rekers is a Baptist minister who co-founded the Family Research Council with James Dobson, has published numerous books and studies condemning gays, and sits of the board of an organization that professes to turn gay people straight.

Rekers claims that he didn’t know the male prostitute’s profession, claiming that he hired the young man from the website because he needed help: “I had surgery, and I can’t lift luggage. That’s why I hired him.”

If Rekers didn’t know his luggage handler was a prostitute, he must have magically ignored the young gay man’s profile on, which talks about his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)” and that he is “up for anything”. But in order to even view that profile, Rekers would have to have gone through the site’s main page for members, which is covered with “images of naked, tumescent men busily sodomizing each other.” Not only that, but when first seen in the airport, Rekers was pushing his own luggage.

Hypocritical lying moral crusaders are a dime a dozen, but what is fun about this story is that fabulous turn of phrase. Will “lift my luggage” now enter the lexicon, like Senator Larry Craig’s “wide stance” and Governor Mark Sanford’s “hiking the Appalachian Trail”?

UPDATE: The male prostitute in question now claims that Rekers is definitely gay.



  1. Sammy wrote:


    Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink
  2. Quidam wrote:

    The date on the article is Thursday, May 6 2010. Has this happened yet – or is the reporter prescient?

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  3. H. Rider Haggard wrote:

    Quidam, the date of the earliest comment on the story is 05/04/2010 8:45:13 AM.

    I bet if you go to the same story tomorrow it will have a date of May 7.

    Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7:24 am | Permalink
  4. H. Rider Haggard wrote:

    Here’s the real meme to push: All homophobes are gay.

    This comes (no really original with him) from one of the comments to the article:
    Dogbrew 05/04/2010 10:10:53 AM

    Well, the facts are in! Every preacher and politician that rails against homosexuality is GAY. I suspect that anyone who is virulently homophobic is also gay…but the pols and priests…? DEFINITELY!!

    Gay homophobes.


    Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7:34 am | Permalink
  5. Chuck Makela wrote:

    Is there any real distinction between Reverend Rekers and Bernie Madoff? I don’t think so. If you examine the moral fiber of these two con artists, you’ll probably find they’re pretty much cut from the same piece of cloth. The warning is never talk about politics or religion when you’re in a bar. I believe politicians and wayward preachers invented the bar. Do you suppose South Carolina Governor Sanford met his Argentinian mistress at a Tupperware party? Did the Reverend Jimmy Swaggert end up in a hotel room with a hooker because he lost his compass? Folks, the con comes with a variety of disguises. Unfortunately for us, what our elected officials do is considered legal because they make the laws – there’s no real system of checks and balances there. They steal legally. Our spiritual leaders (and they’re not my leaders) operate under a different code. The devastation of 911 proves how far these people are removed from reality. My last wish is to do lunch with a whacko Muslim – I’d probably get served a grenade for dessert. By the way, did the good Reverend Rekers ever get the dust removed from his Bible? I have a feeling he’s going to need all of the legitimate help he can get.

    Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  6. Falkelord wrote:

    Girl in my Biology class used to say “if you call something gay repeatedly, you’re probably gay yourself.”

    how true she was.

    Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink