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In the 1970s, the Murphys were worried about their son Kirk's effeminate behavior. In hopes of reversing this behavior, they enrolled Kirk in a federally-funded experimental therapy program at UCLA. Decades later, at age 38, he took his own life.
Today, it seems that parents’ reactions to children exploring their sexual orientation may be changing. A mother who blogged about her son’s choice to dress as a girl for Halloween sparked an outpouring of support across the internet. And the popular blog Born this Way invites gay adults to share photos of recollections of their early sexual identities.
We want to hear about your experience. Did you know at an early age that you were gay? Have you ever undergone gender-based therapy aimed at changing your behavior? What advice would you offer young people struggling with their sexual identification?
Update: This assignment is now closed. Thank you for your submissions. We featured one iReporter's powerful story on our blog.