Prayers for Bobby
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.
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Review: Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay SonUser Review - Goodreads
An excellent account of a woman's emotional and intellectual growth from conservative Christian toward a more honest questioning of her religion after the suicide of her gay son. A vital book for achieving empathy for the sociological struggles of gay people and their families. Read full review
Review: Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay SonUser Review - Janette Ozoa - Goodreads
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 face, but also because it's a great ... Read full review
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