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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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Views Read Edit View history. Your fear and ignorance of the word gay will soon silence their cries. I think it is an essential read for everyone who themselves identifies as something other than straight, but it is also an important book for every parent.

I will say that people should read this and have their eyes opened. Eight months ago my son jumped off a bridge and killed himself. Adapted by universities around the country, [ citation needed ] the program analyzes how the media have shaped public perception of people and issues since the early 20th century. Because of his role at the paper during the Watergate lerou, Aarons was hired as an accuracy consultant for the Post -centered film about the scandal, All the President’s Men.

PRAYERS FOR BOBBY by Leroy Aarons | Kirkus Reviews

I read this book and felt Bobby’s pain even though I myself am not gay I could empathize with not feeling comfortable in your own skin. 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.

Griffith’s journey from dependent housewife to outspoken activist is an interesting one, but I found her journey away from religion to be equally as profound.

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Honestly, I think they all just do it for attention, if life for a left-hander is so tough they could just get up and change themselves. Before you echo ‘Amen’ in your home and place of worship, think and remember. I have now been in a relationship and marriage to a man for 33 years, some family members cannot copy with this.

The trailer for it looks pretty good but I haven’t seen the movie yet.

Maynard had been working with a summer program for minority journalists at Columbia Universityand he urged Aarons to join its faculty. It was hard to like her for so long, then I just wanted to tell her that she was doing good.

With love, Mary Griffith. Has anyone here read Prayers For Bobby 20 59 Dec 23, Another reason I aqrons 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€¦.

Either way, the material in the journals was very moving.

Following Bobbys death the book follows the story of his mother Mary who is desperately trying to come to terms with her sons death. I truly believe this book could change a lot of peoples opinions.

He began to lobby journalism schools to include gay issues in their diversity training and achieved some success. 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. This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Absolutely heartbreaking, at times I needed to get away from it.

How anyone can ever sugges Absolutely heartbreaking, prayerss times I needed to get away from lwroy. An extremely emotional read, I felt nearly moved to tears at numerou This is one book that every gay child, and every parent to a gay child, should read.

As he grows older, he begins to experiment with sex and realizes that he is, in fact, gay. Feb 04, Menglong Youk rated it it was amazing Shelves: Homosexuals are doomed to spend eternity in hell. He even signed my copy of the book.


I would suggest this novel to anyone who is uncomfortable with homosexuality; it’s story will definitely change their views. Hence my 4 star review. Another sentence that touches aarona emotionally is when Mary said that God didn’t heal Bobby because there was nothing in him to be healed.

Aarons had a front-row seat when the Pentagon Papers story surfaced.

Prayers for Bobby

This book illustrates the story of Mary Griffith and her ordeal with her gay son, Robert Warren, known as Bobby. 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. This book makes you want to reach through the paper to hug the character.

A child is listening. How anyone can ever suggest that a gay person “choses his lifestyle” havve no idea what they are talking about, prayerss in their right mind would set themselves up for abuse, ridicule and worse, it took me years to accept myself as I am. Aarons had, in the s, collaborated with Robert Maynard in establishing programs to educate people of color for journalism careers.

Jan 11, Madison rated it really liked it. There are children like Bobby sitting in your congregations. Bobby deserved so much more in life than he was given. When Bobby finally came out to his family in his mid teens, Mary believed that he could stop being gay by sheer self-discipline and prayer.

The book really hits home at just how much kids in America have suffered in silence, with no one to turn to all because of their sexual orientation.

However, for some reason, the book left me feeling kind bovby flat. I felt Mary’s confusion, anger, and helplessness.