AC360 special report: "The Sissy Boy Experiment"

Saw this on CNN, pretty messed up, got me a little misty eyed.
AC360 special report: "The Sissy Boy Experiment"

In a special  three-part series, Anderson Cooper 360° examines a shocking  "experimental therapy" designed to make feminine boys more masculine.  Tune in tonight to see how it affected on family in a special report titled "The Sissy Boy Experiment." The series, with additional reporting from, begins airing tonight at 10pm ET on CNN with special features found on 
His doctors called him “Kraig.”  His parents were afraid he was too  effeminate, so at age 4, Kraig was enrolled in a government-funded  program at UCLA where Kraig was plunged into a series of experiments  using aversion therapy. The behaviors judged effeminate were beat out of  him—literally and figuratively—and Kraig’s case was judged a success.   But at age 38, this “poster child” for changing gender identity disorder  was so depressed and disturbed he committed suicide.
In this heartbreaking series, Anderson Cooper speaks with Kraig’s  family and will look into the man behind the therapy – George Rekers –  who was later caught up in scandal after hiring a male escort to "carry  his luggage" on a trip to Europe.  Rekers says he did not know his  travel companion was an escort until after the trip.  Rekers says he's  not gay and denies any sexual contact with the escort.

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Comment by Scarlette Blues on June 13, 2011 at 12:04pm
I think I've seen a documentary on "Kraig" If I'm not mistaken, the psychiatrist (or whoever) in charge wrote several books/essay on how "Kraig" was doing well and that his experiments had worked perfectly. All of it against the fact that the boy was severely disturbed by what he had went through and in no way was 'cured'. It's a very sad story and it's good to see CNN doing a special on this.
Comment by Scarlette Blues on June 13, 2011 at 12:15pm

It is about the same guy. It's all founded in the religious belief that one becomes [not born] gay and it can be changed or 'cured'. Here's the first part of the show:


Comment by Robert Karp on June 13, 2011 at 12:52pm
i haven't seen this but the mere insinuation that this was a government sponsored "study" should shake every person of reason to the core.  Shameful.
Comment by Chuck B. on June 14, 2011 at 2:03am
That's what pissed me off the most Robert, our tax dollars being spent to torture a child, disgusting.


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