“The value of the Griffith story…is undeniable. [It] should be required reading for every parent, every school teacher, and anyone who has ever doubted that words can kill.”
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Three-time Academy Award® nominee Sigourney Weaver stars as Mary Griffith, a profoundly religious wife and mother who began to question her faith after the suicide of her gay son Bobby (Ryan Kelley). Ultimately, with the posthumous acceptance of her son’s homosexuality, Mary drew on the strength and comfort from the gay community, particularly PFLAG, and became a staunch advocate for gay rights before passing away in 2020.
Weaver earned Emmy® Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her emotionally wrenching lead role. The film also received Emmy® award ‘Outstanding Made for Television Movie’ and Producers Guild of America award ‘Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television’ nominations and won a GLAAD Media Award. "Prayers for Bobby" is based on a true story adapted from the landmark Harper Collins book by journalist Leroy Aarons. Dan Butler, Henry Czerny, Austin Nichols and Carly Schroeder also star.
"Prayers for Bobby" is produced by Once Upon A Time Films in association with Permut Presentations and Sladek Taaffe Productions for Lifetime Television. Damian Ganczewski is producer. Stanley M. Brooks, David Permut, Daniel Sladek and Chris Taaffe are executive producers. Russell Mulcahy directed from a script by Katie Ford.
"One of the best LGBT-themed films ever made."
- Vegas Deulxe / Las Vegas Sun
"... an original that soars".
- The Hollywood Reporter
Sigounrey Weaver accepts the 2015 HRC Ally for Equality Award presented by David Hyde Pierce. She speaks about the legacy of Prayers for Bobby.
2009 Primetime Emmy ® Awards red carpet arrivals at the NOKIA THEATER Los Angeles (L-R) executive producer Chris Taaffe, Ryan Kelley, Sigourney Weaver, executive producers Daniel Sladek and David Permut, Scott Bailey, Rebecca Louise Miller. (Photo: CBS)
(L-R) Susan Ruttan, Dan Butler, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Wells.
Sigourney Weaver & Henry Czerny.
Shannon Eagen, Henry Czerny, Carly Schroeder, Austin Nichols.
Ryan Kelley, Henry Czerny and Sigourney Weaver.
Ryan Kelley and Scott Bailey.
Ryan Kelley as Bobby Griffith.
Ryan Kelley and Sigourney Weaver.
Austin Nichols and Ryan Kelley.
Sigourney Weaver and Ryan Kelley.
Rebecca Louise Miller and Ryan Kelley.
Sigourney Weaver and Susan Ruttan (right).
Ryan Kelley and Sigourney Weaver.
Emmy© AWARD, Golden Globe & Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Sigourney Weaver as Mary Griffith.
Award-winning journalist Leroy F. Aarons (1933-2004) (photographed with Mary Griffith) left a legacy well beyond his profession. A national correspondent for the Washington Post during the 1970s Watergate scandals, an editor at the Oakland Tribune when the daily won a Pulitzer Prize and a founding board member of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (MIJE), Roy founded the National Lesbi
Mary Griffith, (photographed with husband Bob) who lost her gay son Bobby to suicide and subsequently became an advocate for LGBTQ youth rights, died at the age of 85 February of 2020. The story of Griffith and her son was told in Leroy Aarons's Harper Collins book Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms With the Suicide of Her Gay Son. The book was adapted into a critically acclaimed, award
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