My inspiration, Prayers for Bobby
When Bobby's mom, Mary Griffith, who's a devout Christian, finds out her youngest son is gay, the life of the entire family changes, after some time Bobbys siblings and father slowly accepts his homosexuality, but Mary however believes that God can cure him. She takes him to a psychiatrist and persuades Bobby to pray harder and seek solace in church activities in hopes of changing him. Desperate to gain his mother's respect and approval, Bobby does what is asked of him, but though it all, the church's disapproval of homosexuality and his mother's attempts to suppress his growing behaviours in public causes him depression. Despite that, he moves away with his cousin, in hope that one day his mom will accept him, for who he truely is. He finds a boyfriend at a gay bar, however, Mary makes it clear that she still does not want her son to continue as he is. Finally, Bobby's subsequent depression and self - loathing intensifies as he blames himself for not being the " perfect " son, and one night, after a conflict with his boyfriend, he lets himself fall off a freeway bridge, right into death.
After their horrible news the following day, Mary begins to question herself and her church's interpretation of the scripture. she ends up joining a meeting for Parents, Family and Fríends of Lesbian and Gays. Its here she realizes that God didn't heal him, cause there was nothing wrong with him, his true value was in his heart.She becomes an advocate for gay rights. She urges to people to think before they support homophobia because A child is listening.
"There are children like Bobby sitting in our congregations.
Unknown to you, they will be listening to your 'Amens' as they
silently cry out to God in their hearts. Their cries will go unnoticed
for they cannot be heard above your 'Amens'. Your fear and
ignorance of the word gay will soon silence their cries. Before you
echo 'Amen' in your home or place of worship, think and
remember...a child is listening."
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