AC360 – The ‘Sissy Boy’ Experiment – Part Three: Ryan Kendall And His Experiences With NARTH

In 1970, a five-year-old boy named Kirk Murphy was subjected to an ex-gay experiment. Under the care of George Rekers, , he underwent therapy to eliminate supposed effeminate behaviors.

In 1974, Lovaas and Rekers jointly published a paper about the boy they renamed “Kraig,” heralding his treatment for “childhood cross-gender problems” a success and claiming he had been transformed from a gender-confused homosexual-in-waiting to a healthy, heterosexual young man. On the back of this study, Rekers built a career as an anti-gay activist and a supposed expert in childhood sexual development. He co-founded the officially sanctioned anti-gay hate the Family Research Council and championed “ex-gay” therapy to turn gay men straight.

In 2003, Kirk, aged 38 years old and gay, committed suicide.

In Part 3 of this Special report we meet Ryan Kendall who talks about his experiences in “ex-gay” therapy and the horror that he endured in NARTH and with “psychologist” Joesph Niccolosi, and the ramifications of the “reparitive” therapy that he suffers to this day.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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