This film will air on Lifetime tonight at 9:00 pm ET, and again Sunday Jan. 25 at 8:00 pm and Tuesday Jan. 27 at 9:00 pm.
Based on the true story told in the 1995 book by Leroy Aarons:
“His mother was an extreme fundamentalist Christian who felt God was going to cure her son of homosexuality and badgered the boy for four years to cure himself through prayer,” says Aarons, who is the former executive editor of the Oakland Tribune, and both the founder and current president of the National Lesbian Gay Journalists Association.
“She had made a terrible, terrible mistake,” Aarons says. “The wonderful thing is, tragically, after his death she began to discover the error of her ways and she’s now a crusader for gay kids.”
Mary Griffith, 60, of Walnut Creek, Calif. says that she was only doing what she thought was right for her son.
“I certainly believed with all my being that homosexuality was something God was going to cure and that it was a condition that had to be cured,” she says. “There were no if, ands or buts about it. That’s all I had ever known.
“We loved Bobby and thought we were doing the right thing,” she says.
It turns out that the Exodus folks are right when they say “people can change.” Mary Griffith did.