Prayers for Bobby () is a United States television movie, based on the book of the same name by Leroy F. Aarons. It is based on the true story of the life of. Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay.. . Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son [ Leroy Aarons] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bobby.

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Bobby suffered enormously from aaronw family’s lack of support and acceptance and his church’s condemnation of homosexuality; at age 20, he jumped to his death from a freeway bridge. Theatre Works produced the original work in To see what your friends thought of this book, please fof up. It will give true insight into how dealing with sexuality affects people.

It is interesting to note that the majority of countries with the highest rate of youth suicide are also the ones that are the most homophobic. Actually a song cycle, this work is a fictional account of a pregnant woman, who, after her husband dies in the tragedy, experiences deeply mixed emotions. Her journey introduced her to many suicidal youth, and each of their stories brought me great fpr. Suicide rates in gay youth remain higher than those in straight youth, as well.

Aarond his suicide is not the end of the story. As he grows older, he begins to experiment with sex and realizes that he is, in fact, gay. After leaving daily journalism inAarons began to explore the Griffiths’ stories in depth. The last third of the book focuses on Mary’s cause and getting the church to acknowledge gays and lesbians. Homosexuals are doomed to spend eternity in hell.


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He had not healed Bobby because there was praers wrong with him. Eight months ago my son jumped off a bridge and killed himself. And finally his spirit broke beyond repair. Fro Presbyterian, the minister who presided at Bobby’s funeral believed homosexuality to be a sin.

Kennedyurban riots, and government scandals. Adams, and several other U. With a little prayer and help from Jesus they could all grow out of that stupid phase. Her story is one gor the dominant narratives depicting the terrible impact of homophobia on families.

At the TribuneAarons quickly rose to executive editor and then to senior vice president for news, where he worked for greater staff diversity.

Before you echo ‘Amen’ in your home and place of worship, think and remember. I have now accepted no one could have helped him in the end, only had someone done something earlier, but the last few months there was no real hope.

Either way, the material in the journals was very moving.

Prayers for Bobby

It was the one and only lifetime movie I have ever watched, and I did so on YouTube after a friend told me that it moved her to hysterics. Their cries will go unnoticed for they cannot be heard above your ‘Amen’s. Alas his life was not meant to be a long one, and that broke my heart just as much. The book deals also with the history of gay and lesbian teens and advocating for their rights, and at points can be more dull than the movie, which simply covers the life of Bobby Griffith.


Maynard had been working with a summer program for minority journalists at Columbia Universityand he urged Aarons to join its faculty. I had seen the Lifetime movie with Sigourney Weaver in and cried at toward the end.

Mary’s transformation from religious zealot to a person who questioned the faith that damned her son was inspirational. The crucial role of religion in the life of Bobby’s mother is examined in the first 75 pages.

After Bobby commits suicide, Mary begins to read his journals and it’s only then that she realizes her mistake. Over several pragers Mary found more liberal churches and prayrs parents who helped her deal with her grief, and she began pleading publicly for tolerance of gays and lesbians, at town meetings and on Sally Jessy Raphael, recounting her own tragedy to warn others of the fatal consequences of ignorance and homophobia.

This book makes you want to reach through the paper to Alright I my admit that this is totally out of character.