Mary griffith was a devout christian mother, who had to struggled to deal with her son homosexuality back in 1983. as a mom she felt that was not her son . she felt it was an evil spirit who took control over son's body and mind. her attempted to cure her son homosexuality lead to her son death . Yes Bobby Griffith decided to commit suicide after he felt her mother couldnt deal with his homosexuality and treat him like an ill and evil person .
Her son death was a turning point for Mary's life, she started to read books about homosexuality, join group for parents with LGBT children and began to ask what she had been taught and told in crunch . her journey to find answer had helped her to understand about LGBT and she had shared her story to million devout families, to prevent the same tragedy . her journey was filmed in 2009 by lifetime titled "prayers for bobby
", actress Sigourney weaver played Mary Griffith.
Lifetime.com also had the opportunity to talk with Mary, and here are the highlights Her memories about Bobby
Mary said Bobby was friendly kid, who'd just run up to strangers and gave them a big hug About knowing Bobby's sexual orientation
Mary said it was Ed, Bobby's brother who had known about it for two years. Ed had promised Bobby not to break the secret, but when Bobby tried to commit suicide, Ed had no other choice but to tell
A moment that had made her realized bobby didnt choose to be gay
Till her son's death, Mary still believed she could cure her son. she was so close minded about homosexuality at that time. when she met reverend Larry Whitesell, her life had drastically changedIf Bobby's story would have been different if he come out today
Mary said it wont be any difference. To keep bobby's memories alive
Mary and Griffith families still believe that Bobby is with them everyday , so they do not do any special for his anniversary
Advices to parents who have just found their childrens homosexuality
Mary advices parents to listen their kids and not to push their opinions
Film prayers for bobby was made based on a book authored by Leroy Aaron titled same as the movie