Prayers for Bobby by Leroy Aarons

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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.


About Leroy Aarons

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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.
Published August 18, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 292 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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The book focuses on Mary's transformation, in the wake of Bobby's suicide, from bigoted Bible-thumper to compassionate activist for gay youth and spokesperson for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG).

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