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On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
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Update: The top seven links, just added, all have to do with Florida’s anti-gay preacher and his “luggage lifter” rent boy scandal.
Rekers & Geo: In Flagrante Delicious
Since the ho is out of the barn, the Miami New Times has released their photo of NARTH/FRC fuckweasel Dr. George Mekers at MIA with his hired male prostitute, the barely legal twink Geo. The New Times properly notes that Geo doesn’t seem to be fulfilling his duties as Rekers’ paid luggage lifter.
Leno Rips On Dr. George Rekers
The Rekers hooker scandal made Jay Leno’s opening monologue last night. Start the below full episode clip at 7:00 for the zingers. Of course, Leno couldn’t exit the bit without trading homophobic jibes with his band leader over which of them would be visiting Rentboy.com after the show.
George Rekers Lifts His Own Luggage by Dan Savage
Alert readers will recall that yesterday Rekers, the now-disgraced co-founder of the Family Research Council, claimed he hired Geo—seen on the right—to accompany him to Europe for ten days because Rekers recently underwent surgery and he needed someone to “lift his luggage.” It would appear from the photo, however, that Rekers is tending to his own luggage. Now maybe Geo loaded Rekers cart for him and Rekers pushed it through the airport. Alert readers will also recall that Rekers admitted to finding Geo on Rentboy.com but denied knowing that Geo was a male escort until halfway through the trip. But Rekers also said he took a male prostitute to Europe with him on purpose because that’s what Jesus and John the Baptist would do and his real motive in bringing Geo along—and paying him handsomely—wasn’t to enjoy Geo’s eight-inch c*ck or smooth white ass, but to get Geo alone on the world’s most densely populated continent to lecture him about the advisability of leaving homosexual intercourse behind. In other developments…
The Coming Meltdown in Higher Education
For 400 years, higher education in the United States has been on a roll. From Harvard asking Galileo to be a guest professor in the 1600s to millions tuning in to watch a team of unpaid athletes play another team of unpaid athletes in some college sporting event, the amounts of time and money and prestige in the college world have been climbing. I’m afraid that’s about to crash and burn. Here’s how I’m looking at it….
IAEA Chief Focuses on Israel
The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog is asking for international input on an Arab-led push to have Israel join the Nonproliferation Treaty, in a move that adds to pressure on the Jewish state to disclose its unacknowledged nuclear arsenal.
Reading Around the World
If you’ve been moved by the spirit of spring to get outside and read a book, you’re not alone. In photos recently uploaded to Flickr, people are reading in public in all kinds of places, all over the world.