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Sigourney Weaver starred in the heartrending TV movie Prayers for Bobby, which aired on the Lifetime cable network on Jan. 24, 2009.  It told the true story of Mary Griffith, whose teenage gay son Bobby committed suicide, and how she channeled her deep regret at being unable to accept his orientation into something positive (she became a gay rights advocate).  It was based on the 1996 book Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Son by openly gay journalist Leroy F. Abrams.  (Abrams, founder of the Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association in 1990, died four years before the movie aired.)








When Prayers aired it had been six years since the last high-profile TV movie about gay issues aired (Angels in America on HBO).  And since Prayers, there have been no other such movies on network TV or cable.  Weaver joined an illustrious roster of actors who've appeared in previous gay-themed movies:


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