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Anderson Cooper to examine George Rekers' 'anti-sissy therapy' that led to Los Angeles man's suicide

Kirk Andrew Murphy, 38, hanged himself in 2003, years after underwent intensive therapy through a government-funded program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

rekersMurphy's parents put him in therapy because they believed he was an effeminate boy. The therapist: George Rekers, who years later became involved in last year's Miami Rentboy scandal.

From CNN.com:

Tonight at 10 ET on CNN TV, "AC360º" examines a shocking "experimental therapy" designed to make feminine boys more masculine. See what one family says was the devastating result in a special report, "The Sissy Boy Experiment."


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To even suggest that therapy from 40 years ago led him to suicide is absurd. He obviously had psychological issues about his homosexual tendencies. That is likely what led to his suicide.

That is right there is absolutely no way that therapy given to a child which could have stripped away his self worth his trust in other his belief that he is ok to be who he is could have possibly led to his suicide is ridiculous! Right? Man you are delusional We spend our lives trying to figure out who we are and where we belong Straight as an arrow I think your name should be more like Dumb as a log~!

I am a proud Gay Man a father a widower I am who I am and proud of it.I experienced the joy of love and the pain of loss. Many from my generation and older have a hard time believing things can get better because of the mentality of people who hate who reject and who ostracize and keep equality to themselves
Drew In Florida

No Drew, what stripped away his self worth and his trust in others was his affliction with a sexual perversion. Being a homosexual is not normal, and he apparently knew it deep down. I think a lot of homosexuals really feel this way. That's why so many of them wear it on their sleeve. Most straight people are not defined by there heterosexuality. Almost every homosexual I have met is just the opposite.

It is shocking this experimental child research was funded by the US government. All things considered, Reker and UCLA need to follow-up to find out what happened to the 61 children Reker experimented with. Those statistics will surely identify if Reker's experimentation caused an anomalous spike in suicide and or shattered lives. It is critically important, because Reker has based his entire career on his interpretations of those experiments. Reker and his work continues to cause damage and harm to all people who exhibit gender variance in any form.

It is unlikely that the reparative therapy made any positive contribution to the adjustment of the deceased individual. But this cannot be examined due to the lack of systematic evidence.

Rekers seemed genuinely upset when learning about the suicide. From his distorted perspective, we need to appreciate that he believes that he is doing good. He doesn't wake up in the morning with a desire to make gays miserable. Yes, his entire life work probably reflects his self-loathing for his latent gay sensibilities. But he has nevertheless employed robust psychological principles in his behavioural therapy.

To suggest that the "reparative" therapy had a CAUSAL effect on the suicide of the individual - and this IS the underlying implication in the report - is quite unfounded, and to be honest, borderline libellous.

The guy committed suicide while living in Delhi. What about factors such as social isolation, cultural conflict, lack of support network, breakdown of family relationships, etc? If I were his parent/sibling, I would certainly want to absolve myself of any guilt by completely directing blame at a so-called charlatan.

As a piece of journalism, it is disappointing that the report wasn't more balanced. But given the TV anchor involved, perhaps this was inevitable.

There is no scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Reparative therapy has as much validity as pen1s enlarger pills. Notice how only religious groups claim to "change sexual orientation". Sorry, but religion is not valid science. Also, most of those groups that claim to "suppress sexual orientation" merely means the gay person represses their sex, not change their sexual attractions. Most studies in fact have disproven reparative therapy, including Spitzers study which was debunked by scientists long ago.

More on Spitzers Reparative Therapy
Spitzer's study was peer-reviewed, and these were the conclusions "Two years later, the paper was peer reviewed and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. The publication decision sparked controversy and one sponsoring member resigned in protest. The paper has been criticized for using non-random sampling and poor criteria for success."


As a form of treatment, all the major mental health organizations reject ‘reparative therapy’ as both ineffective and potentially very harmful.

The American Psychological Association, in adopting a comprehensive report based upon two years of research, determined that, "...scientific evidence does not show that conversion therapy works."

The American Psychiatric Association says, "There is no published scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of 'reparative therapy' as a treatment to change ones sexual orientation."

The American Academy of Pediatrics says, "[reparative therapy] can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation."

Wayne Besen, who has interviewed hundreds of victims of ‘reparative therapy,’ explains in his book, Anything But Straight, how conservative religious groups use the ‘ex-gay" therapy movement to counter a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians.

We need to get the word out to religious communities that anti-gay people are twisting God's words to condone their hate.

Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.


For those of you claiming homosexuality is a "lifestyle", that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

And it should also be noted that:
"It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organizations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association."

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