Prayers for Bobby

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Harper Collins, Aug 25, 2009 - Social Science - 288 pages
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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.

 

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

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This book was possibly the most intense and emotionally evocative book I've ever read. It's extremely well written and provides an invaluable insight into the mind of LGBT youth and their parents. It ... Read full review

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Heartbreaking, Moving, Empowering & Inspirational! An Excellent Read! I Loved It! Read full review

Contents

List of Photographs
ix
Acknowledgments
xi
Introduction 1
231
Gay Youth 1996
239
The Plunge 9
263
Help Organizations
265
Copyright

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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.

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