Written by Gabrielle Little
Willimantic, Conn. - Maris Murphy, whose brother Kirk Andrew Murphy committed suicide years after being subjected to "The Sissy Boy Experiment," will speak on "The Anti- Sissy Boy Project" during the University Hour Series at Eastern Connecticut State University from 3 to 4 p. m. on Sept. 14 in the Betty R. Tipton Room, located in the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Murphy's presentation is sponsored by Eastern's Intercultural Center, which promotes awareness and advocacy about suicide and suicide prevention. The Sissy Boy Experiment was a government-funded project that took place at UCLA during the 1970's to purge boys with effeminate behavior of what researchers called the "Sissy Boy Syndrome."
Murphy has been featured in Anderson Cooper's CNN documentary series "The Sissy Boy Experiment." In the documentary, Murphy expresses her emotions on the death of her brother and her thoughts of the program.
Murphy's lecture is designed to inform the public about her brother's story, while raising awareness about sexuality, gender roles in our society and suicide prevention. Because suicide can be a sensitive and personal subject, Murphy will be answering questions through a mini-feed on her Twitter account.