Vandy Lambdas, PFLAG Nashville showing "Prayers for Bobby"

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Vanderbilt Lambda Association and members of PFLAG Nashville are hosting a free screening of Lifetime’s premier movie event, "Prayers for Bobby," on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m.

In an emotional true story set for release this weekend, Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver plays a 1970s religious, suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept her young son Bobby being gay.

Though Bobby’s father and siblings eventually come to terms with his homosexuality, his mother does not and insists that he pray the gay away. Desperate for his mother’s approval, Bobby is overtaken by depression and guilt and is subsequently driven to suicide.

It is the story of a mother’s tragic, emotional journey which slowly leads her to reach out to the gay community to find unexpected support from a very unlikely source. The film is based on the 1995 Leroy Aarons book of the same name. View the trailer here.

Vanderbilt Lambda President Klint Pleebes said the group is honored to celebrate the movie.

"In a discriminating society, it is vital that parents, in particular, reach out to LGBT children with full acceptance and unconditional embrace," Peebles said. "LGBT children and youth have just as much to contribute to society as anyone else, and their feelings of self-worth and self-esteem often begin with the family. I hope this movie will foster a heightened sense of responsibility for parents in terms of the messages they convey to their children."

The movie begins at 8 p.m. in the Commons Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University (18th Ave. South). Click here for directions. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to mingle and find a seat.