For those of you who didn't catch the Lifetime movie, Prayers for Bobby, when it first aired last year, it has finally arrived on DVD. For those who don't know about the film, it is the true-life story of Bobby Griffith, (played brilliantly by Ryan Kelley) a young gay teen whose right-wing Christian mother's (Sigourney Weaver) refusal to accept his sexual orientation led him to commit suicide. This began a slow transformation in Mrs. Griffith as she failed to find answers in the Bible that adequately gave meaning to that suicide. She emerged as a gay rights activist. What's so sad about the story is that Bobby Griffith took his life back in 1983. Coming out of a string of high profile gay teen suicides in 2010, I have to wonder, when will things change? If you've seen this film, let's hear your thoughts.
Jay Jordan Hawke is author of the Two-spirit Chronicles, which includes: Pukawiss the Outcast, A Scout is Brave, and Onwaachige the Dreamer.