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Since 1990, the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarships have been awarded to Contra Costa County high school graduates who contribute to the community by improving the environment for LGBTQ youth.
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Bobby Griffith was a gay youth from Walnut Creek, California, who committed suicide in 1983 after his family would not accept his sexual orientation. After his death, his mother, Mary Griffith (along with the rest of Bobby’s family) came to understand better and accept what happened to her son. She became an advocate for LGBTQ youth by joining PFLAG.
She was also instrumental in the publication of the 1995 book Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the
Suicide of Her Gay Son by Leroy Aarons. This book was
dramatized as a Lifetime movie that was nominated for two 2009 Emmy
Awards (for Outstanding Made-for-TV Movie and for Sigourney Weaver, who
Every year, the Dice 5000 Party benefits the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship. The next party will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Concord, California. Purchase tickets online at www.gsanetwork.org/dice5000.
If you'd like to learn more or receive a reminder closer to the event, please email griffithfund [at] aol [dot] com.