Lucien, the 20-year-old male escort
hired to accompany ex-gay leader George Rekers on a European
vacation, is expected to make his first television appearance on
CNN's AC360 Friday.
The story of 61-year-old Rekers hiring
a male prostitute off the pageviews of gay website RentBoy.com has
exploded since the Miami New Times first reported the news on
Lucien, whose real name we've since
learned is Jo-Vanni Roman, was interviewed by CNN's Randi Kaye in a
Fort Lauderdale hotel, according to gay blog Joe
My God. And Truth
Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen is also expected to
appear on the show.
Besen, whose organization advocates
against ex-gay ministries such as the National Association for
Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), of which Rekers is a
board member, was the first to call for Rekers' resignation from the
In addition to sitting on the board of
NARTH, Rekers, a Baptist minister, is a founder of the socially
conservative Family Research Council headed by Tony Perkins, an
opponent of gay rights. And he's also the author of numerous books
on sexuality, including Growing Up Straight: What Families Should
Know About Homosexuality and Your Child's Sexual Identity.
In an interview with the Times
published Thursday, Roman said he provided Rekers with daily body
rubs in the nude while the pair vacationed, adding that Rekers liked
having his anus rubbed by the younger man.
“It's a situation where he's going
against homosexuality when he is a homosexual,” Roman said.
Rekers has denied that he's gay. In an
email to the Times, Rekers said he has been advised to retain
“the services of a defamation attorney” because “I am not gay
and never have been.”
He originally told the paper that he
hired the escort to “lift his luggage” during the 10-day trip
that included stops in London and Madrid. He's also denounced the
Times piece in a blog post, saying its authors “cleverly
gave false impressions of inappropriate behavior.”
In a Facebook posting, Rekers added
that he hired his travel companion to privately minister to him.