In Prayers for Bobby, Sigourney
Weaver plays a mother so blinded by homophobia that she cannot see
that she's driving her own gay son to suicide.
When The Trevor Project honors Weaver
on Dec. 7 in Los Angeles with The Trevor Life Award, Bobby is
certain be on the minds of
everyone in The Wiltern Theatre.
The Trevor Project operates the only
nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention helpline for lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. It started operating
ten years ago when HBO aired the Academy Award-winning Trevor,
a short film about a gay teen who attempts suicide, and wanted to
include a helpline for gay and lesbian teens in crisis.
“I feel grateful and humbled to be
honored with the Trevor Life Award, and to be recognized as an ally
to the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning]
community,” said Weaver. “I hope that films such as Prayers
for Bobby will send messages of compassion and acceptance to all
people and compel them to create safer, all encompassing environments
for our young people.”
In an exclusive interview with
OUTTAKEOnline.com CEO Charlotte Robinson, Trevor Project Executive
Director Charles Robbins discusses his organization, its plans to
honor Weaver, and how discriminatory laws such as California's gay
marriage ban affect gay youth.
“[Prayers for Bobby] is a
movie about her coming to terms not only with homosexuality, but how
she dealt with the loss [of her son],” Robbins says. “It's a
very powerful movie and one that we hope everybody will take time out
Weaver is to be honored during the
organization's annual holiday fundraiser, titled Cracked Xmas.
The Lifetime Networks original movie
Prayers for Bobby is set to air in February.
Listen to the entire audio interview at
On the net: The Trevor Project can be
reached at www.thetrevorproject.org