Mary Griffith (activist)

Mary Griffith (1934 – February 7, 2020) was an American LGBT rights activist whose son, Bobby, committed suicide due to religious intolerance.[1] On December 6, 1995, she testified before the United States Congress.[2]

Mary Griffith
Died (aged 85)

Griffith's story was adapted into a book written by Leroy F. Aarons and published by HarperCollins in 1995, titled Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son. In 2008, a film, titled Prayers for Bobby, was produced. Mary Griffith was played by Sigourney Weaver.[3]


  1. ^ "LGBTQ Rights Crusader Mary Griffith Dies at 85". Variety. February 12, 2020.
  2. ^ "Congress' Lesson on Values: There's No Middle Ground". Los Angeles Times. 7 December 1995.
  3. ^ "Prayers for Bobby (2009)". IMDb.