Sigourney Weaver Applauds Conversion Therapy Ban in Michigan

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday June 18, 2021
Originally published on June 17, 2021

In the TV film "Prayers for Bobby," Sigourney Weaver plays a Christian woman turned LGBTQ advocate after her son commits suicide. Twelve years later, Weaver says the film's message is "still as relevant as ever."

In an interview with Pride Source, Weaver shared that the film still holds a special place in her heart because of its significance.

"Michigan really gave the film a home, and Michigan is an interesting place because I feel like it has very strong political sides there," said Weaver. "And what I felt about the production of 'Prayers for Bobby' is that we had a lot of crew from Michigan. We were in a very kind of upscale neighborhood shooting, and I felt everyone that I came across seemed to be there for a personal reason, fighting for the same thing."

Upon hearing that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer banned conversation therapy in the state, Weaver applauded while hoping other states will follow suit.

"I hope it's being picked up all over, you know? Because good for her. Start banning conversion therapy instead of banning LGBTQ youth from sports teams and bathrooms," Weaver said, Pride Source reports.

She added, "Well, unfortunately, it's still as relevant as ever. Maybe even more so during this weird year where they're trying to pass so many anti-LGBTQ laws. They need to see the movie."

"Prayers for Bobby" is scheduled for an encore presentation at 10 a.m., June 20, on Lifetime. Will you be watching?