Mar 12, 2013
Welcome Home, Bobby: Homophobic Mess
At school, he is taunted, called names, beat up. Constantly. There's a petition sent around calling for his expulsion.
His father, played by Tony LoBianco, also calls him names and beats him up. Finally despairing of reasoning with him, Bobby comes down to the dinner table in drag -- and is beat up again.
The movie implies that Bobby "turned" gay after being "recruited" by the older man -- just as Anita Bryant was claiming a few years before -- but nothing is explicitly stated.
Or on Brothers (1984-89), the Showtime series about three brothers, one of whom is gay. He played Mike, the teenage daughter's love interest (one episode in 1984, and then a regular 1985-89).
He's written for the tv series Salute Your Shorts (starring David Lascher), Bobby's World, and Married People, among others, as well as novels, including Born to be Wild (1995), about a 15-year old boy and a gorilla. As a playwright, he's won the Governor's Screenwriting Competition twice, in 2005 and 2007.
So how did he get involved in this homophobic mess?