Prayers for Bobby : A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son - frikilife.comPrayers for Bobby is a televised docudrama that premiered on the Lifetime network on January 24, Aarons , which is itself based on the true story of the life and legacy of Bobby Griffith, a young gay man who killed himself in due to his mother's homophobia. Mary Griffith is a devout Christian who raises her children—Ed, Bobby, Joy and Nancy—according to the evangelical teachings of her local Presbyterian church in the late s and early s in Walnut Creek, California. Ed finds Bobby resisting temptations to overdose on Aspirin as an initial suicide attempt before Bobby confides to him that he is gay. Life changes for the entire family after Mary learns about his secret. In hopes of converting him, she takes him to a psychiatrist , who explains to Bobby's parents that a person's homosexuality is the result of lacking a close relationship with their parents. She then advises Bobby to pray harder and seek solace in Church activities, as well as to arrange a special bonding time with his father.
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Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son
What is not covered in the movie, is Bobby starting to embrace his homosexuality. But from the excerpts from his journals, Bobby Griffith was full of self-hatred. Now when I read Prayers for Bobby, I often asked myself, How is it possible that one person could fight against and have so much self-hatred for who they are?
Aarons that outlines a mother's experience in coming to terms with the suicide of her gay son. This book illustrates the story of Mary Griffith and her ordeal with her gay son, Robert Warren, known as Bobby. Mary begins to question her faith because Bobby had killed himself and wonders what will happen to his soul. After some soul-searching of her own, she comes to the harsh realization that nothing was wrong with Bobby in God's eyes. She later becomes an advocate for gay rights in memory of her son. This story contains excerpts of Bobby's diary throughout the book to illustrate his feelings and point of view.
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