Must See: Prayers for Bobby on Lifetime

By GLAAD |
January 16, 2009

Shed all your previous notions of what a made-for-TV movie is and trust us when we say to set your TiVo for Prayers For Bobby, airing Saturday, Jan. 24 on Lifetime. This moving and emotional film, starring Sigourney Weaver, tells an incredible true story of a mother's love for her gay son.

Weaver plays a 1970s religious suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept her young son Bobby being gay. What happens to Bobby is tragic and causes Mary to question her faith; ultimately this mom changes her views in ways that she never could have imagined.

What's remarkable about this story is the complete 180 this woman makes during the course of her life. At first, she truly believes that being gay is a sin and does her best to "save" her son. But when faced with tragedy, she realizes that her previous beliefs have been wrong. Ultimately, it is her faith that gives her the strength to love her son -- and gay people everywhere.

Sigourney Weaver and Lifetime Networks were honored at the Trevor Project's annual Cracked Xmas event in December. Weaver received The Trevor Life Award, which honors an individual who, through his or her example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to LGBTQ youth.

In a statement, Weaver said, “I feel grateful and humbled to be honored with the Trevor Life Award, and to be recognized as an ally to the LGBTQ community. I hope that films such as Prayers for Bobby will send messages of compassion and acceptance to all people, and compel them to create safer, all-encompassing environments for our young people.”

Prayers for Bobby premieres Jan. 24 at 9 pm, with encore presentations Jan. 25 at 8 pm and Jan. 27 at 9 pm.

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