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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Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. That Bobby did love her, but in the end no one could have saved him. I pray that the “Bobby’s” of today realize that this hurt passes and it gets better.

She proved that she’s a woman of extraordinary strength. The subtitle should be: The crucial role of religion in the life of Bobby’s mother is examined in the first 75 pages. 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 likeā€¦. She joined PFLAG, demonstrated, spoke at hearings, founded a scholarship in her son’s name, spoke on television talk shows, and became a high profile member in the fight against bigotry and against bullying.

I would suggest this novel to anyone who is uncomfortable with homosexuality; it’s story will definitely change their views.

I like Mary thought I was doing the right thing by pushing “traditional family values” on those around me. As Los Angeles bureau chief, he covered California-related events in the case, including what work Daniel Ellsberg had been doing for the Rand Corporation and how he managed to remove the Pentagon Papers from Rand headquarters.

This story contains excerpts of Bobby’s diary throughout the book to illustrate his feelings and point of view. Even today homophobia is a huge problem in schools. Feels he has no one to turn to. After Bobby commits suicide, Mary begins to read his journals and it’s only then that she realizes her mistake. She was a fundamentalist Christian who called her gay son to repentance daily. I truly believe this book could change a lot of peoples opinions.

The final chapter is the author’s overview of the gay youth crisis at the time the book was completed. Aarons had a lifelong love of music, and often invited colleagues and friends to his home in California for sing-along parties.


His incorporation of Bobby’s diary entries and the flashbacks of Mary’s early life was a great addition to this book. 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. A truly touching and important story no one should forget; something that will be relevant for cor more years and something that should motivate us to strive for more.

It interrupted the narrative flow, and a lot of it was just plain boring. After this revelation she goes on a mission to save other kids like Bobby and through her efforts, many congregations begin to incorporate gay references into its liturgy. Aug 07, Kris rated it it was ok. The opera premiered at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center on Sep 8, in commemoration of the unprecedented attacks. Although Mary continues to 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 prayerrs.

I deeply regret my lack of knowledge concerning gay and lesbian people.


I only feel that way because the information isn’t current anymore. Another of his plays, Zeke the Profanedeals with the ambivalent attitudes many Reform Jews have towards circumcision.

Though Presbyterian, the minister who presided at Bobby’s funeral believed homosexuality to be a sin. But his impulses remain and leaves Bobby feeling undesirable and worthless.

The book tells how his mother grew to understand how her attitudes contributed to Bobby’s lack of self-esteem and his inability This biography tells the story of Mary Griffith, a mother who felt that her gay son was condemned to hell unless he repented. Responses from print journalists revealed that most gays and lesbians were closeted in their newsrooms.

I watched the movie which is based on this life story before reading the book. Sometimes we saw changes in his character that were confusing; I’m not sure if the author had issues with finding material to support that in the diaries and wasn’t including them, or if there was none.

Return to Book Page. This was an incredibly impactful book not only because it brings into focus the horrible reality of rejection and discrimination that so many young gay people tor, but also because it’s a great example of self-imposed ignorance cured and turned into something that has and still does benefit gay people everywhere.

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Today, perhaps, Bobby would have survived his self-discovery, but his story, no matter how tragic, can be a lesson to bobbu all.

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This book was a journey for me. I think it can be a source of hope for gay and lesbian children, hope tha This book was very good. Bobby suffered enormously prayerw his 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.

How anyone can ever sugges Absolutely heartbreaking, at times I needed to get away from it. There was a problem adding your email address. It didn’t disappoint, necessarily; it was a good description of the story and the emotions of people in the situation.

PRAYERS FOR BOBBY by Leroy Aarons | Kirkus Reviews

She believed that he was sick, not well. The issue with a book like this is while we can read Bobby’s prajers, we cannot always conclude what he was thinking. Mary a deeply religious bible abiding parent cannot come to terms with such a aaronns and over the years believes Bobby must look to God for healing.

He no longer wanted to feel this pain he couldn’t escape except only through death. Living with his internal torment and loathing as long as he could, he finally committed suicide at age twenty. 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.

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I felt Bobby’s self-hatred and sadness. This book is the biggest of my must reads for everybody. There are children, like Bobby, sitting in your congregations. Particularly striking to him was the mother, Mary Griffith, who had tried throughout her son’s adolescence to “pray away” his “gay nature”.

Aarons closed his speech by coming out to his peers. I shed many a tear.

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