Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Preparing for Prayers

PFLAG is coming - with a little help from Sigourney Weaver - to a television screen near you.

Beginning this month, we're partnering with Lifetime Television, our PFLAG chapters, and stars from the upcoming film Prayers for Bobby on a number of public education events. Prayers, which debuts January 24 on Lifetime, tells the true story of Mary Griffith, the mother of a gay son, and her journey toward embracing the LGBT community following his tragic suicide. Based on the novel by Leroy Aarons, Prayers also highlights the important role PFLAG played in Mary's experience and empowers families to embrace their LGBT loved ones.

In the coming days, we'll be posting more information, right here, on upcoming PFLAG events related to Prayers, including media appearances by PFLAG spokespeople . . . official PFLAG viewing parties in cities across the country . . . and live public events featuring cast members from the film, including award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver, and PFLAG parents and staffers. And, you can log onto the official Prayers for Bobby website, at Lifetime TV, to take part in an ongoing discussion about the film . . . the book . . . and the powerful example of Mary Griffith's journey.

Then, tune in on January 24 - or join PFLAG at one of our official viewing parties - for this stunning and moving film, featuring a power-house performance by Weaver and an unforgettable script based on Aarons' groundbreaking novel.

Together, we'll use the power of Prayers, and the families of PFLAG, to change hearts and minds across the country.

- Jody M. Huckaby

1 comment:

Joan Price said...

I am thrilled that Prayers for Bobby has been made into a movie!

I read this book when it first came out in 1996, then I re-read it a few months ago. It's just as powerful and relevant now as when it was first published.

I'm so happy that Lifetime has made it into a movie that will introduce a new generation of teens and parents to this moving story. To really understand the power of the story, I hope you read the book before or after seeing the movie. Leroy Aarons captured the voices and stories of both Bobby and his mother Mary in ways that speak to us today.

I knew the author, Leroy (Roy) Aarons personally, and he told me about getting many letters from gay youth who had contemplated suicide before reading this book -- it literally saved their lives. Many gave it to their mothers, hoping that they would reach the conclusion that Mary finally did without having to deal with the death of a child first.

I blogged about this book and the movie myself at http://betterthanieverexpected.blogspot.com/2009/01/prayers-for-bobby-on-lifetime-tv.html. You'll also want to see the new Leroy Aarons website: http://www.leroyaarons.com/. He was an amazing man.