From Your MAMMA

Gifts for homophobes we know and love despite themselves


Here are a few options for opening their eyes in the spirit of the season.

CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America

Edited by Mitchell Gold

With a unique blend of up-close and personal stories from some very public individuals and from middle America teens, philanthropist and longtime human rights advocate Mitchell Gold exposes the silent epidemic in growing up gay in America.


Angels in America

Written by Tony Kushner, Directed by Mike Nichols

HBO’s film adaptation of Tony Kushner’s award-winning play, Angels in America is an “astonishing mix of philosophy, politics” and living gay in the Reagan era. Starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson. Available on DVD.

Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of her Gay Son


By Leroy Aarons

Based on a true story, Prayers for Bobby portrays the Griffith family’s struggle to adjust to a gay teen son, Bobby, amid his mother’s belief that God will “cure” him. For Bobby, suicide is the resolution; for his mother, finding faith in unconditional love is the cure. Prayers for Bobby might enlighten parents who believe God condemns their homosexual children — and it could save a child’s life. MAMMA says give unconditional love a chance. The book is available in paperback.