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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I find tha I had heard of the book and had it fpr my possession long before I read it. In the last decade of his career, Aarons turned to opera, writing the libretto for Monticello. Friends of Aarons have performed it.

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I didn’t know that each time I echoed eternal damnation for gay people each time I referred to Bobby as sick and perverted and a danger to our children. An extremely emotional read, I felt nearly moved to tears at numerous points. 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 think.

Mar 27, Lisa M. Worrying about his brothers health Ed tells his mother Mary about Bobby being gay. I have read man This book is about Bobby Griffin, a young man who chose to kill himself because he aagons struggling with accepting his homosexuality.

Bobby struggles with things many gays do today– struggling with the spiritual impact of his sexuality, questioning whether he should come out, the aesthetic pressures of the male gay lifestyle, and a promiscuous life driven by the fear no one could ever love him enough to keep him around.

Retrieved from ” https: Aarons closed his speech by coming out to his peers. I did not know that each time I echoed ‘Amen’ to eternal damnation, each time I referred to Bobby as sick, perverted, and a danger to our children, his self-esteem and personal worth were being destroyed By the time Mary made the change I have to admit I was so proud of her and just wished it had happened before Bobby died.

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 A great look at what happens when a family turns their back on one of their own and how that persons death can reshape and change theirs lives only for the better regardless of the tragedy of Bobby’s suicide.


I’d much rather read about parents who have always loved their children, no matter what their orientation or gender is. Oct 06, Roland rated it did not ldroy it.

Dec 29, Graydon Panzica rated it liked it. 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. As Bobby would say: You overcame ignorance and bigotry.

This book needs to be a must read for every parent out there, regardless of their child’s sexuality. Link to the movie YouTube. Until hate no longer finds cover in religious institutions, young people will continue to kill themselves in despair that they are not worthy of being loved.

Hence my 4 star review.

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

The horrifying statistics of LGBT suicides are left untold, unexamined, and silenced. As a gay men realizing at an early age that I was different, certainly from my 7 Brother and not knowing what it was all about, then being brought up in a staunch Calvinist home, were god was the ultimate authority, sex was not te be discussed, I believe the Mother is a very courageous woman as well realizing that her judgmental expressions to her Son were no doubt part of the reason for his desperate act.


Bobby was not “healable” because there was nothing wrong with him to begin with. Dec 18, Rodrigo Barreto rated it it was amazing. Aarons wrote a full-length drama, Home Moviesa memory play in multimedia that focuses on his teenage years and his service in the U. Bobby constantly felt less than, not welcomed, mocked for his choices and felt to feel like a freak who was sick.

It was a little distracting at time. Story about a high school teenager who realizes aarohs he is gay and finds it extremely difficult for his Presbyterian Church not accept gays or lesbians into their congregation. Alright I my admit that this is totally out of character.

I watched elroy movie many years ago and always felt the need to dive more into this story based on true events. His self esteem and sense of worth were being destroyed.


Now my reality forms my belief. 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.

Lifetime aired a movie version based bohby the book. The last third of the book focuses on Mary’s cause and getting the church to acknowledge gays and lesbians.

PRAYERS FOR BOBBY by Leroy Aarons | Kirkus Reviews

But it is also the story of Bobby’s mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be “healed,” then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth. This book, first published inbecame a film by the same title starring Sigourney Weaver as Aarohs Griffith.

This book describe her regrets of not only not being there with her son while he was desperately in need, but also disgusting and trying to change her son while there was nothing in him that seemed to be changeable. When he told me he was homosexual my world fell apart. An overwhelming majority said coverage of gay issues was “at best mediocre. My book club selected this book for June and we are lerot it this Thursday so I am looking forward to seeing what issues are discussed and “how” they are discussed because of the touchy subject matter homosexuality, religion, suicide.

When Bobby finally came out to his family in his mid teens, Mary believed that he could stop being gay by sheer self-d This is an utterly fof book about an otherwise loving mother who raises her gay son under the homophobic pressure of Christian fundamentalism–until he commits suicide. Her work targeted the public school classrooms of California. Mary a deeply religious bible abiding parent cannot come to terms with such a revelation and over the years believes Bobby must look to God for healing.

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