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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Unknown to you they will be listening as you echo “amen” and that will soon silence their prayers.

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

Eventually Mom faced her role in Bobby’s suicide and became a terrific a The subtitle should be: I recommend this to anyone who wants to understand how real and painful words, aaronx and unsaid, can be and how they take their tole. I pray that the “Bobby’s” of today realize that this hurt passes and it forr better. Although Mary continues bobbby believe that God can heal all, Bobby’s other siblings have learned to accept Bobby for who he is and try to support him but at this point Bobby is frustrated and confused and not sure what to think.

The subtitle should be: This book makes you want to reach through the paper to hug the character. Sep 17, Orlando rated it it was amazing. I would only recommend this to a mature audience who can praysrs with sensitive topics like homosexuality, suicide, and drugs. Because of my own lack of knowledge, I became dependent upon people in the clergy. Even today homophobia is a huge problem in schools. Her work targeted the public school classrooms of California. Aarons, pioneering gay journalist, dies at 70″.


Bobby was not “healable” because there was nothing wrong with him to begin with. Sep 08, David Crowe rated it really liked it. Another reason I write this is so that long after I die, others may have a chance to read about me and see what my life as a young person was like Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

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

The horrifying statistics of LGBT suicides are left untold, unexamined, and silenced. Since s, her speeches and participations in countless forums and organizations have extended to young American LGBT and other people, especially some ex-homophopes who used to consider homosexuality as abomination.

Her story is one of the dominant narratives depicting the terrible impact of pryaers on families. Either way, the material in the journals was very moving. The sadness of this book is the devastation that is often wrought by non-compassionate spirituality, and the remarkable beauty of the story is Mary’s profound personal change as a result of her incredible loss.

Future’s can seem dark and unreachable.

Had I allowed myself to investigate what I now see as Bible bigotry and diabolical dehumanizing slander against our fellow human beings, I would not be looking back with regret for having relinquished my ability to think and reason with other people–people I trust for truth and guidance in my life. The book is a compilation of journal entries from Bobby, a gay young man who committed suicide at age 20, and his mother’s thoughts.

This book makes you want to reach through the paper to Alright I my admit that this is totally out of character. As he grows older, he begins to experiment with sex and realizes that he is, in fact, gay.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons. As a matter of fact, the book begins with his suicide and then switches back and forth in time, clearly and effectively, before and after he takes his life. During the early years of my life up to about 11 or 12I was in fact happy and free.

After her son’s suicide, Mary learns a valuable lesson and sets off to change the world. This book is SO amazing. Glumly informative in tone and only intermittently affecting, though Aarons effectively drives home the sad point that Bobby’s death is only one in an avoidable epidemic of gay teen suicides. The Washington Post hired him.

Leroy F. Aarons – Wikipedia

As a young adult Bobby was coming to terms with his sexuality, that unfortunately also entailed struggling with feelings of guilt and shame for letting down his family and his faith. His incorporation of Bobby’s diary entries and the flashbacks of Mary’s early life was a great addition to this book. Over several years Mary found more liberal churches and other 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.

He vascilated between pleading with God to change him and cursing God for leaving him alone.

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