Glen Maxey,the first and only openly gay state legislator in the history of Texas, wrote a book about allegations of Rick Perry’s gay relationships.
Rick Perry is an anti-gay ex-governor of Texas who ran for President back in 2012. President-elect Trump has picked him to join his cabinet as the Secretary of Energy. Ironically, this will position Perry as the head of one of the agencies that he wanted to dismantle—even if he couldn’t remember it’s name in a televised Republican debate, to which he replied “Oops!”
This article, however, isn’t about Rick Perry’s embarrassing track record, it’s about the rumors of his same-sex relationships.
Back in 2004, the Austin Chronicle reported a gay support protest outside of Governor Perry’s mansion:
On Tuesday morning, a small group of protesters (almost outnumbered by reporters and photographers) gathered at the Governor’s Mansion for what was disingenuously billed as a “support rally” for Gov. Rick Perry, under the theme, “It’s OK to Be Gay.” As any Austinite with access to e-mail or a cell phone knows by now, for a couple of months rumors concerning the governor’s personal life have been flying furiously around the Capitol, the capital city, the state, and indeed most of the Western Hemisphere.
“On June 23, 2011 a national reporter called Glen Maxey, the first and only openly gay state legislator in the history of Texas. Rick Perry was making noises about running for president, and the reporter asked about rumors that Perry possibly may have had homosexual sex. Glen had heard the rumors before but never investigated them. Now curious, Glen sent out messages to his wide network of gay and political contacts. Within hours, he received astonishing information from multiple sources. For the next five months, Glen’s life was consumed with investigating the rumors and stories about Perry.”
Texas Secretary of State Geoff Connor
The most damaging and and longest standing rumor, is that Perry’s wife Anita threatened divorce after catching him sleeping with his Secretary of State Geoff Connor. Maxey says that he and an unnamed reporter drove to Connor’s house to confront him in person about the rumor. Instead of flat out denying the accusations, Connor stated: “I’m no longer a public official and I don’t care to comment on that. I suggest you ask Rick Perry.”
“James the Real Estate Agent”
The is from a real estate agent with the pseudonym of”James” who Maxey tracked down. James confided with Maxey that he and Rick Perry had a quickie after responding to Craigslist ad.
The posting asked for someone willing to unlock the door, turn off the lights, and lie face-down on the bed, legs spread. James replied to the ad, and did as instructed. As he lay on his bed in the dark, James heard someone struggling to open the door. Shielding his eyes, he ran out and opened the door…. “He jerked down his shorts,” [James said], “It lasted about a minute. He had a little dick. It was the worst fuck of my life. And on top of it all he stunk because he had been jogging. He then pulled up his shorts and put the used condom in his pocket.”
As the mystery man tried to leave James’ apartment, he struggled with the front door, which had a tendency to jam. The man started yelling for James to help him…. As James opened it…his face was illuminated, and seen by James for the first time.
“Oh my God,” thought James. “I just got fucked by Rick Perry!”
“Joey the Hustler”
Another source who Maxey cites is a male prostitute alleged he worked for Perry. A “Gay Businessman” friend of Maxey’s emailed him this:
The whole story is that i have a ex friend who hired this kid years ago fro sex and they became friends. I was out at Rain [a gay club in Austin] with my friend and we ran into this hustler kid. He very matter of factly stated thathe had just been hired to spend the weekend at the Driskill with Perry and an assistant of Perrys. He was non chalant about it and said that it happened 3 or 4x a year and he gave some sexual details about Perry and the other guy. This was in the 2000s maybe 03.
Is Rick Perry Really gay?
In response to the original article in the Austin Chronicle, Perry’s spokesperson Kathy Walt said: “These are false, malicious, and hurtful rumors, and the Chronicle’s own investigation acknowledges that fact.”
On the other hand, you have a book coming from a relatively prominent Texas politician—even if the book is anonymous and a little hazy with the hard facts. The possibility of Rick Perry himself being gay somehow makes it easier for us to swallow Rick Perry’s anti-gay rhetoric—we can rationalize it and explain it away as another case of self-loathing.
But until someone steps forward and offers definitive proof, hearsay and rumors are still all there is to go on.
Watch Rick Perry’s Anti-Gay Campaign Ad for President from 2012