Gay rights advocates are calling for a social conservative to step down from the board of an ex-gay group after being linked to a male prostitute.

The Miami New Times alleges that George Alan Rekers of North Miami hired a young male prostitute to accompany him on a 10-day European vacation. Rekers found the escort – named Lucien but not his real name – on gay escort website

“This is a bombshell that completely discredits the ex-gay industry and proves that the movement is a fraud,” said Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out, a non-profit group that advocates against ex-gay ministries.

“While Rekers keeps a low public profile, his fingerprints are on almost every anti-gay effort to demean and dehumanize LGBT people. Lobby groups that work to deny equality to LGBT Americans ubiquitously cite his work.”

“Rekers has caused a great deal of harm to gay and lesbian individuals,” he added.

Rekers, a Baptist minister, is a founder of the socially conservative Family Research Council headed by Tony Perkins and a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), a group that believes gay men and lesbians can – and should – alter their sexuality. He was also called to testify as an expert witness in favor of gay adoption bans in Arkansas and Florida.

Rekers has authored numerous books on sexuality, including Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality and Your Child's Sexual Identity.

When confronted with the allegation, Rekers told the paper that he hired Lucien because “I can't lift luggage.” While both men deny having sex on the trip, Lucien says Rekers “likes younger guys to hang out with.”

“Given the sordid and tawdry facts, he should immediate step down from NARTH's board and apologize to the LGBT community for his extreme hypocrisy and self-loathing,” Besen said.

“As of today, his entire body of work on LGBT issues in rendered meaningless,” he added.