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.