1.23.2009

Homosexuality and religion

In 1979, when I was editor of The Student Printz at the University of Southern Mississippi, I conducted a group interview with 18 campus gays, who came to my home willing to talk with me openly and anonymously.

These students – all male – were active in every phase of campus life (three were members of the football team). We discussed every aspect of their gay lifestyle. All of these young men had grown up attending church and expressed a “Sodom and Gomorrah” sense of guilt – their words - about their sexuality.

A new TV movie, based on a true story and starring Sigourney Weaver, explores the subject of homosexuality and religion. “Prayers for Bobby” examines a mother’s relationship with her gay son and her inability to accept his sexuality because of her own religious beliefs.

Actress Weaver appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today to talk about the movie and the mother. No spoilers – other than to say this true story should be essential viewing for anyone who is gay or has friends or family members who are gay. Please pass this information along!

“Prayers for Bobby” airs on Lifetime, Saturday, 24 January 2009, at 9 p.m. ET & PT, 8 p.m. CT.

3 comments:

Good Southern Man said...

I remember you telling me about this in great detail and can't wait to see the movie. I am sure the tears will fall so I may be writing you afterwards. LOL.

tiny said...

This harkens back to your previous post of which wolf we will feed. Those who feed the bad wolf will continue to do so with their ignorant blinders on.

Theose who feed the good wolf know that we are equal regardless of other elements in our lives.

Tiny's vote is to continue to feed the good wolf.

Anonymous said...

Hi BJ,

I am also a friend of Clara's which is how I found your blog. I am a straight ally, and proud member of PFLAG. I thought the movie last night was touching and honest. I sincerely hope thousands of innocent people will be freed from emotional torment as a result. I love the conversations with the Minister, especially. My own experience is that the church can make a powerful difference in one direction or the other.

Thank-you for sharing your views and encouraging others to search their souls and their hearts for compassion.

Nancy Cronk
www.InterfaithOfficiants.com and
www.AnimalChaplains.com