TV Fact #213 – May 25th, 2015:

The 2009 TV film “Prayers for Bobby” is based on author Leroy F. Aarons’ book “Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son”. This book is in itself based on the true story of the life and legacy of Bobby Griffith, a young gay man who killed himself in 1983 due to his mother’s and community’s homophobia. While Bobby Griffith was played by actor Ryan Jonathan Kelley and Bobby Griffith’s mother, Mary Griffith, was played by actress Sigourney Weaver, the production made sure to let the faces of the real people of this true story be seen, even not for the briefest moments.

In the scene where two men from the church are talking with the Griffith family, some of the pictures on the mantel are in fact pictures of the real Bobby Griffith. Also, the real Mary Griffth appears in the gay parade next to the boy who Sigourney Weaver hugs. The real Mary Griffith is wearing a blue PFLAG shirt.

Sometimes people forget that these tragic tales really happened. That life can get that horrible for people. Perhaps they push moments emotionally farther than how they really happened, but does that change the fact someone really took there own life because of persecution? The rhetorical nature of this question is obvious…but will you answer it with actions in the real world so less, if no more at all, of these tragic true stories need be adapted to the screen? That second question, as you can guess, wasn’t rhetoric.

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