George Rekers and transsexualism

George Alan Rekers (born 11 July 1948) is an American psychologist best known for his controversial views about sex and gender minorities.

Background

Rekers is a Distinguished Professor of Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Science Emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in human developmental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, his Th.D. from the University of South Africa, and his MBA from Southern Wesleyan University.

In 1983 Rekers was on the founding board of the Family Research Council, a non-profit Christian lobbying organization, along with James Dobson and Armand Nicholi Jr. [1] He is also an officer of NARTH, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality.[2] Despite NARTH's position as a secular organization, Rekers has testified in court that he believes the Bible is the infallible word of God, and that homosexuality is a sin.[3] His personal beliefs regarding homosexuality, according to the ACLU, interferes with his being able to give an unbiased professional opinion on LGBT topics, including gay adoption.[4] Rekers was an expert witness in a 2004 case involving gay adoption in Arkansas, which had banned LGBT people from adopting in 1999. In January 2005, Timothy White, Pulaski County's circuit court judge ruled against the state of Arkansas. Furthermore, he called Rekers' testimony "extremely suspect." He also accused Rekers of testifying solely for promoting his "own personal agenda."[5]In 2008, Rekers was also an expert witness in In re: Gill, a case defending Florida's gay adoption ban. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman ruled against the state. In her decision, she said "Dr. Rekers’ testimony was far from a neutral and unbiased recitation of the relevant scientific evidence. Dr. Rekers’ beliefs are motivated by his strong ideological and theological convictions that are not consistent with the science. Based on his testimony and demeanor at trial, the court can not consider his testimony to be credible nor worthy of forming the basis of public policy."[5]

Publications

* Shaping Your Child's Sexual Identity. ISBN 0801077133

* Growing Up Straight: What Families should Know about Homosexuality. ISBN 978-0802401564

References

1. Family Research Council, SourceWatch

2. NARTH Officers, Narth.com

3. A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality Joseph Nicolosi; Inter-Varsity Press, 2002, ISBN 0830823794, 9780830823796.

4. Transgender rights Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, Shannon Minter; U of Minnesota Press, 2006, ISBN 0816643121, 9780816643127.

5. In re: Gill - Trial Court Decision and Order

External links

ProfessorGeorge.com
http://www.professorgeorge.com/

Gender Identity Disorder section at ProfessorGeorge.com
http://www.professorgeorge.com/Gender_Identity_Disorder_|_Professor_George.html

George Rekers fact sheet via ACLU
http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights_hiv-aids/howard-v-arkansas-george-rekers-fact-sheet

Rekers on LGBT parenting via NARTH
http://www.narth.com/docs/rekers.html

Gender Identity Disorder section at Leadership U
http://www.leaderu.com/jhs/rekers.html