In "Prayers for Bobby," Mary Griffith is a devout Christian who raises her children with the conservative teachings of the Presbyterian Church. However, when her son Bobby confides to his older brother he may be gay, life changes for the entire family after Mary learns about his secret. While Bobby's father and siblings slowly come to terms with his homosexuality, Mary believes God can cure him of what she considers his 'sin' and persuades Bobby to pray harder and seek solace in church activities in hopes of changing him. Desperate for his mother's approval, Bobby does what is asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed. Guilty over the pain he is causing Mary, Bobby moves away, yet hopes that some day his mother will accept him. His subsequent depression and self-loathing intensifies as he blames himself for not being the 'perfect' son and is driven to suicide. Faced with their tragedy, ... Written by
She loves everything about her son... except who he is.
Did You Know?
The real Mary Griffth appears on the left in the gay parade wearing a blue PFLAG shirt, next to the boy which Sigourney Weaver
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The red convertible driven by Bobby's boyfriend as they drove up to his parents' home is a 1986 Alfa-Romeo Spider even though the story took place in the early 1980s. See more
I know now why God didn't heal Bobby. He didn't heal him because there was nothing wrong with him.