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

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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 was "wrong"-Bobby chose to take his own life.

Prayers for Bobby, nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. 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.

As told through Bobby's poignant journal entries and his mother's reminiscences, Prayers for Bobby is at once a moving personal story, a true profile in courage, and a call to arms to parents everywhere.

Synopsis:

Bobby Griffith, at the age of 15, realized that he was gay and in conflict with his religious upbringing. Through Bobby's journal entries and his mother's reminiscences we learn of the emotional torment that led Bobby to take his own life. Prayers for Bobby takes readers through his mother's anguish and disbelief to her transformation from biblical literalist to enlightened parent.

About the Author

Leroy Aarons, an award-winning journalist and playwright, was a national correspondent for The Washington Post and executive editor of The Oakland Tribune. He is the founder and past president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062511232
Author:
Aarons, LeRoy
Publisher:
HarperOne
Author:
Aarons, LeRoy
Author:
by Leroy Aarons
Location:
San Francisco, Calif. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
Suicide
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Evangelicalism
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Religious fundamentalism
Subject:
Homosexuality, male
Subject:
Parents of gays
Subject:
Homophobia
Subject:
Parent-child relations.
Subject:
Religion and psychology.
Subject:
Homophobia -- United States -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Gay men -- United States.
Subject:
Gay men -- Family relationships.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.01x5.30x.67 in. .59 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Bobby Griffith, at the age of 15, realized that he was gay and in conflict with his religious upbringing. Through Bobby's journal entries and his mother's reminiscences we learn of the emotional torment that led Bobby to take his own life. Prayers for Bobby takes readers through his mother's anguish and disbelief to her transformation from biblical literalist to enlightened parent.

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