At a Glance:Bobby Parker has been a Project Contributor since September 2008, has written 22 entries and currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.
At the age of 63, Bobby is new to the GLBT community thanks to the movie, Brokeback Mountain. He is an example of what the movie did to thousands of men and women who were living closeted lives or lives of quiet desperation from love lost and the homophobia that surrounds us in our cities and religions. He became a key member of an online community known as The Ultimate Brokeback Forum, even finding himself the subject of a whole chapter in the book, Beyond Brokeback…the Impact of a Film.
Married until recently divorced after 43 years, he has 3 children and going on 12 grandchildren. His biggest blessing and burden has been membership for 33 years in the Mormon Church. The devastation of the movie and ending of his marriage and close relationship with the Church and his family combined into a tortuous coming out process over the past couple of years. He worked for decades for the Church and as a community activist in Mesa, Arizona and used the goodwill he engendered to produce two Op-Eds that were among the most commented upon during the past year in his hometown paper.
Bobby was lucky to find a good therapist, and surround himself with his old high school buddies via phone and Internet, and with the help of ‘nursing mothers’ and other gay men on his Brokeback Forum made the transition to his new gay world. He recently bought a home in the ‘gayborhood’ in Phoenix, connected with local GLBT leaders and organizations, and has put together what he calls his Brokeback Bobby’s Bois as a new familial-like support group.
His contributions to this blog will not come from years of experience as a gay man or in GLBT organizations, but will instead be refreshing optimism in the face of huge trials in life.
Bobby Parker: Recently Filed
Phoenix will be the site of Exodus International's "Love Won Out" conference in February. In advance of that conference, this group, which adheres to a completely flawed idea that reparative therapy can "cure" homosexuality, was holding training yesterday at the...Read More
I have a good friend, Steve Brittle, a political strategist and environmental activist, who worked with Congresswoman Giffords on several campaigns. We talked about what happened in Tucson and I asked him for his thoughts to share with the nation...Read More
Caleb Laieski, a brilliant, 16-year-old dynamo from the town of Surprise, Arizona is a one-man force for equality and safety for all school children in our state. I don't think there's anyone like him in our whole nation. I'm giving...Read More
Tonight from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., volunteers will gather at the corner of Hobson and Main Street in Mesa, Arizona for an outreach to gay Mormons in our state. I'm one of the co-organizers of this suicide prevention outreach...Read More
I answered the phone a few weeks ago and my friend was sobbing on the other end. He was calling in outrage and grief at the suicide of a young man in Houston whose photo became one of the faces...Read More