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Prayers for Bobby

Timothy Kincaid

January 6th, 2009

A study just found a sharp distinction between the behavior of gay teens with accepting parents and those who were rejected by their parents. One story of the consequences that can come from religion-based rejection is being told in Prayers for Bobby.

On August 27, 1983, Bobby Griffith took his own life. This was the end of his four year struggle to reconcile his orientation with the pressures from his family to pray his gay away.

But Bobby left behind extensive diaries. And a distraught mother.

Unlike some parents who, when confronted with the destructive nature of their rejection, seek to absolve themselves and blame their children, Mary Griffith was shocked into self-evaluation. And the result of her journey of discovery was life-changing. Mary recognized that she had been instrumental in her son’s distruction and decided to become an activist for the care and support of gay teens and for changing the attitudes of parents.

In 1995 came the book, Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son.

Now on January 24th, Lifetime Channel will be tell Mary’s story (starring Sigourney Weaver). The network has been heavily promoting this movie and let’s hope that many many families are watching.

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Bill Jackson
January 16th, 2009 | LINK

I first heard about this on Erotas Online and can’t wait for this to premier. I hope many un-accepting parents will wake up and will love their children unconditionally.

Bp. Ioan
February 1st, 2009 | LINK

I hope that parents out there will watch this movie and understand that rejecttion of LGBTQ children can lead to suicide and that they need to try to understand and support their children, not reject them. It’s a very very moving movie and I hope that it will be out soon in DVD.

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