Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby Nominated for Emmy Awards

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National extended heartfelt congratulations to multiple award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver on her Emmy Award nomination for her role in the TV movie Prayers for Bobby in which she portrayed the mother of a gay son who – following tragedy – embarks on a life-changing journey of acceptance.

The film has also received an Emmy nomination for Best TV Movie.

“PFLAG is thrilled to see Ms. Weaver recognized for her amazing performance as a mother who comes to embrace her gay son and become an advocate for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people,” said John Cepek, President of PFLAG National.

Sigourney Weaver, an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, played the role of Mary Griffith, a devoutly religious mother who struggles to accept her son, Bobby, when he comes out as a young gay man.

“Following a tragic turn in Bobby’s life, Sigourney’s character began a journey of soul-searching and learning to embrace her son with inspiration and help from PFLAG. She came to be a powerful PFLAG member, advocating for acceptance and equality for all.”

“Sigourney’s performance gives us an inspiring role model for parents, families, and friends of LGBT people, emphasizing the critical need to embrace and accept our LGBT loved ones,” Cepek added.

PFLAG National also extended its congratulations and gratitude to the Executive Producers of Prayers for Bobby, Daniel Sladek, Chris Taaffe, and David Permut.

“The Executive Producers of this film gave an enormous amount of their time and energy to ensure this important and courageous story was heard. PFLAG is especially grateful to them – as well as to Ms. Weaver – for her uplifting performance,” said Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG National. “It is wonderful to see that the film is receiving much-deserved recognition with the Best TV Movie Emmy nomination.”

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