Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Prayers for Bobby

You have another chance tonight at 9 to see Prayers for Bobby, a Lifetime movie starring Sigourney Weaver as a deeply religious mother who struggles to accept her gay teenage son, played by Ryan Kelley.

I recorded the movie over the weekend and just had a chance to watch it last night. Well, I was crying. I thought Prayers for Bobby told its story effectively and powerfully. Weaver's performance is especially compelling. Henry Czerny also does a good job as the father in the family.

Prayers for Bobby is based on a true story and there's some really interesting supplemental material at Lifetime's Web site, including an interview with Weaver and with Mary Griffith, the inspiration behind the movie.

Unfortunately, the people most likely to watch this movie aren't the people I'd like to have watch it: those who still think that being gay is a "lifestyle choice," who misinterpret the Bible, who don't understand the fear involved in coming out, who would reject a gay family member.

No one should ever have to worry about whether their family will love and accept them because of the way they were born. It is unconscionable. That's the message behind Prayers for Bobby and at the risk of sounding preachy, it's one a lot of people need to hear.

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