Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-05-27
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Mary Griffith, Champion of LGBTQ rights, has passed away
2020-02-13

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


LOS ANGELES—Mary Griffith, iconic crusader for LGBTQ equality, passed away after a lengthy illness on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at her home in Walnut Creek, CA. She was 85. She is survived by her husband, Robert; children Joy Griffith, Ed ( Suzy ) Griffith and Nancy Griffith; grandchildren Caiden, Ernesto Jesse, Jordyn, Ben and Clancy; and brother Charles Griffith.

Sigourney Weaver starred as Mary Griffith in the Emmy Award-nominated—and GLAAD Award-winning Lifetime movie, Prayers for Bobby ; Weaver received nominations for Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal.

PRAYERS FOR BOBBY trailer: www.youtube.com/watch .

Interview with Mary Griffith: www.youtube.com/watch .

Based on the landmark Harper Collins book by journalist Leroy Aarons, Prayers for Bobby is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to his tragic conclusion, and equally so the story of Mary, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed", then anguished when he died by suicide in 1983. Mary ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for LGBTQ+ youth.

Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, the first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies, said, "The PFLAG family is deeply saddened by the loss of Mary Griffith, who led by heroic example on changing hearts and minds by sharing her personal story. After the devastating loss of her son to suicide, Mary found PFLAG and learned that one can love both their child and their faith and not have to choose between them. Mary used this personal journey to help countless other parents, so that they would not have to face the same loss that she did."

Continued Bond, "Mary Griffith was a force to be reckoned with, and her story—told both in the original book by Leroy Aarons and the beautiful award-winning film PRAYERS FOR BOBBY—continues to change lives around the world. We're grateful to the Griffith family for their generosity and support of PFLAG National, which will ensure that Mary's story continues to change the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their families. The hearts of PFLAGers everywhere are with the Griffith family."

"Mary's life story has been embraced by millions of people globally, said Daniel Sladek, Executive Producer of PRAYERS FOR BOBBY. "On behalf of myself and my producing partners Chris Taaffe and David Permut, we are heartbroken to learn of our dear friend Mary's passing. While soft-spoken and endlessly kind, Mary's dedication was absolute. The thousands of emails and letters we received on Mary's behalf are validation of the impact she has made on people's lives. She was a fierce advocate on behalf of LGBTQ equality and she will be deeply missed."

In celebration of Mary's life, contributions can be made to PFLAG National at pflag.org/marygriffith . —From a press release


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

On Memorial Day, LGBT monuments honor those who have died 2020-05-24 - Memorial Day is a time to honor military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces. ...


Gay News

PASSAGES H.G. Carrillo, author 2020-05-18 - Afro-Cuban writer/professor Herman "H.G." Carrillo ( known for his 2004 novel Loosing My Espanish, which deals with the experience of a Cuban immigrant ...


Gay News

Melissa Etheridge's son dies at age 21 2020-05-14 - Beckett Cypher—the son of Melissa Etheridge and her former partner Julie Cypher—died, according to media reports. He was 21. Etheridge, on Twitter, said, ...


Gay News

Trans-rights advocate Aimee Stephens dies 2020-05-12 - Aimee Stephens—the Michigan transgender funeral home worker whose firing led to a U.S. Supreme Court case that could decide the employment rights of ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Rock icon Little Richard dies at 87 2020-05-09 - Little Richard—a founding father of rock 'n' roll who was known for his flamboyant style and pompadour as well as hits such as ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, dies at 75 2020-05-09 - Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy—the duo whose magic tricks with big cats astonished millions until Horn was critically injured in 2003 by ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Anjanette Miller 2020-05-06 - Anjanette "AJ" Miller—a registered nurse who lived in Skokie—passed away at Glenbrook Hospital due to COVID-19 on April 14. She was 48. Born ...


Gay News

Greg Zanis, who built memorial crosses, dies 2020-05-04 - Greg Zanis—the carpenter who single-handedly built thousands of crosses for shooting victims across the country—died May 4, The Daily Herald reported. Zanis, who ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Activist Ernie Hunsperger, Rick Garcia's longtime partner, dies 2020-04-16 - Activist Ernie Hunsperger, 78, died April 9 at Elevate Rehabilitation Center in Chicago due to complications from his throat cancer treatments. Hunsperger was ...


Gay News

PASSAGES David Charles Parker 2020-04-15 - David Charles Parker—of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio—passed away due to COVID-19 on April 8. He was 56. Born in Covington, ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.