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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The story weaves both Bobby’s tale before his death, with his mother’s tale of coming to terms with the role she played in his suicide. Jun 18, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bobby constantly felt less than, not welcomed, mocked for his choices and felt to feel like a freak who was sick. Besides Mary’s moving story, this is a great account of the early eighties in the gay lifestyle.

PRAYERS FOR BOBBY by Leroy Aarons | Kirkus Reviews

Aarons had a lifelong love of music, and often invited colleagues and friends to his home in California for sing-along parties. Prayers for Bobby discussion. Eventually Mom faced her role in Bobby’s suicide and became a terrific a The subtitle should be: Aarons, pioneering gay journalist, dies at 70″.

At the TribuneAarons quickly rose to executive editor and then to senior vice president for news, where he worked for greater staff diversity. Because of his role at the paper during the Watergate reporting, Aarons was hired as an accuracy consultant for the Post -centered film about the scandal, All the President’s Men.

I just found it to be too text-book-y and disconnected. He could bobbj even rest in piece when he died. Jan 29, Neil Mudde rated it it was amazing. Prayers for Bobby premiered on January 24,as a Lifetime TV film starring Sigourney Weaver in her first made-for-television film. Kennedyurban riots, and government scandals.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. While this book has been written in pgayers, the high suicide rates among LGBT individuals still has not disappeared. I deeply regret my lack of knowledge about gay and lesbian people.


I think the final chapter about “current” by which I mean, current in when the book was published events was unnecessary and I hate to sa I watched the movie which is based on this life story before reading the book. Languages Bahasa Melayu Norsk Edit links. This book, first published inbecame a film by the same title starring Sigourney Weaver as Mary Griffith.

I cried often, and I cried hard, and i bobbu care who saw me. His mother was very religious, and all she really knew about the gay lifestyle is what she had been told– it was sinful. Adams, and several other U.

How anyone can ever sugges Absolutely heartbreaking, at times I needed to get away from it. An extremely emotional read, I felt nearly moved to tears at numerous points. The final chapter is the author’s overview of the aarone youth crisis at the time the book was completed. I feel like it certainly speaks for itself and that all the emotions I felt are probably the same ones every other person who has read this book or watched the movie, has felt.

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.

Dec 31, Nathan rated it liked it Shelves: You are always in my thoughts. I read this book and felt Bobby’s pain even though I myself am not gay I could empathize with not lroy comfortable in your own skin. Unknown to you they will be listening as you echo “amen” and that will soon silence their prayers. Mary begins to question her faith because Bobby had killed himself and wonders what will happen to his soul. Bobby’s death was the direct result of his parent’s ignorance and fear of the word prayere.

He no longer wanted to feel this pain he couldn’t escape except only through death.

Overall, this isn’t really a book you’d pick up on your own. Return to Book Page. The movie brought out so much emotion in me, that I was really looking forward to this book.


Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son

In my last teaching job in Fairfax County I confronted students on their use of “gay” as a put-down. So, before you echo “amen” in your home and place of worship. No trivia or quizzes yet.

When talking to individuals didn’t work, I lectured the whole class on how inappropriate it was. 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 prayers to God for understanding and acceptance and for your love but your hatred and fear and ignorance of the word gay, will silence those prayers.

God is pleased that Bobby had a kind and loving heart. It asks the simple question of our society — do prayyers really want to have the blood of millions of suicidal young people on our hands because we neglected to let them know how much they’re loved? She was capable of large changes, at such an older age. He stopped writing in his journal a week before he jumped off a freeway overpass.

Think and remember a child is aarns. An important part of the post-suicide story lerly Mary’s utter devastation as she reads entries in Bobby’s personal journals.

She believed that he was sick, not well. Through Christian television and other media she was led to believe that prayer would bring “healing” to her son Bobby and that God’s power could change him from gay to straight. Bobby deserved so much more in life than he was given.

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