Thursday, June 9, 2011

AC360: 'The Sissy Boy Experiment' Exposes George Rekers' Devastating Ex-Gay Therapy (video)

Kirk Murphy
I can totally forgive Anderson Cooper for not coming out publicly because of all the coverage he gives to our community. His current series, "The Sissy Boy Experiment", airing all this week on AC360 at 10pm, Eastern, exposes the devastating effects of so-called conversion therapy, pioneered in the 70's by discredited quack, George "Lift My Luggage" Rekers, who was caught red-handed last year returning from a European vacation in  the company of a male hooker, who claimed he was hired to give the scumbag sexual massages.

Rekers has written numerous books over the years claiming success in the case of a five-year-old he treated for several years, after his parents turned him over to this monster to take part in an experimental treatment, funded by the U.S. government and conducted at UCLA.

The boy, called "Kraig", in the study, killed himself in 2003, at the age of 38. His real name was Kirk Murphy. AC360 interviewed his family for the piece. His mother says, "Well, I was becoming a little concerned, I guess, when he was playing with dolls and stuff," she said. "Playing with the girls' toys, and probably picking up little effeminate, well, like stroking the hair, the long hair and stuff. It just bothered me that maybe he was picking up maybe too many feminine traits." She said it bothered her because she wanted Kirk to grow up and have "a normal life."

Kaytee Murphy saw Rekers discussing his experimental therapy on TV and enrolled her son in the program. She says, "I thought, maybe I should take Kirk in ... nip it in the bud, before it got started any further."

The so-called therapy required Kaytee and Kirk to sit in a room where there were girls' toys and boys' toys. She was instructed to ignore her son if he played with the girls' toys and only pay attention to him if he played with the boys' toys. The procedure also include negative reinforcement at home. On Rekers' orders, Kirk was  beaten by his father any time he played with his sister's toys. Kaytee recalls that the beatings were sometimes so severe, that they left welts up and down Kirk's back and buttocks.

Kirk's sister, Maris says in the report, "It left Kirk just totally stricken with the belief that he was broken, that he was different from everybody else," she recalled. "He even ate his lunch in the boy's bathroom for three years of his high school career, if you want to call it that."

When confronted on camera, Reke's said he was unaware of Kirk's suicide. The weasel says, "I only meant to help, do the best I could with the parents."

What about what's best for the child?

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