The repulsive legacy that is George Rekers’ anti-gay gay insanity began, not with the “heaven-sent rentboy” (as Frank Rich called Jo-vanni Roman/Lucien), but way back the 70s when Rekers recommended beating the girliness out of young boys.
The Miami New Times reports that in 1974, Rekers, as an ex-gay “leader,” was given Kraig, a 4-year-old effeminate boy, to “fix.” Among the therapy used to cure the child? Regular beatings by his father once Kraig accrued too many girliness demerits:
Rekers’s research team continued the experiment in the family’s home. Kraig received red chips for feminine behavior and blue chips for masculine behavior. The blue chips could be cashed in for candy or television time. The red chips earned him a “swat” or spanking from his father. Researchers periodically entered the family’s home to ensure proper implementation of the reward-punishment system.
After two years, the boy supposedly manned up. Over the decades, Rekers, who ran countless similar experiments, held Kraig up as “the poster boy for behavioral treatment of boyhood effeminacy.”
At 18 years of age, Kraig attempted suicide.