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 what one family says was the devastating result in a special report titled "The Sissy Boy Experiment." The series, with additional reporting from CNN.com, begins airing tonight at 10pm ET on CNN with special features found on CNN.com.
His doctors called him “Kraig.” His parents were afraid he was too effeminate and might grow up to be gay. So, at age 4, Kraig was enrolled in a government-funded program at UCLA dubbed “The Feminine Boy Project” where Kraig was plunged into a series of experiments using aggressive aversion therapy. The behaviors judged effeminate were beat out of him—literally and figuratively—and Kraig’s case was judged a success. A success until, 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 who blame the therapy for his suicide and will look into the man behind the therapy - Dr. George Rekers - who was later caught up in scandal after hiring a male escort.