Saving Alex

Saving Alex

When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began

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An inspiring, harrowing, and brave memoir by a young Mormon lesbian woman whose captivity and escape from an unlicensed residential treatment program resulted in a groundbreaking battle for LGBTQ rights that has impacted society and individual lives. Two days after Alex Cooper told her parents that she was gay, they signed their 15-year-old daughter over to a group of fellow Mormons who promised to cure Alex from her homosexuality. With the help of a dedicated legal team, Alex would eventually escape and make legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law's protection as an openly gay teenager. For the first time, Alex speaks out about her ordeal and its aftermath. This is a traumatic yet uplifting story of identity, faith, courage, acceptance, and freedom that reveals what happens when religion goes too far, and how a group of dedicated Americans and one young woman fought for her rights - and ultimately for us all.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062374608
0062374605
9780062467393
0062467395
Branch Call Number: BX8695.C57 A3 2016 (BIOG)
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brooks, Joanna 1971-- Author

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vitareader
Jul 26, 2018

Alex kisses a girl and she likes it .Alex is 15 and one night blurts out to her family that she is gay. This is situation is made worse by the fact that she comes from a very faithful Mormon family. Alex's parents choose not to believe that Alex is gay but that she has been led astray by the girl she is involved with and that Alex can be cured of Lesbianism, like measles. Alex is sent away to a couple who say they can cure her. I don't know what kind of research her parents did that they chose this pair perhaps it was a money issue. In a desperate attempt to make their daughter "normal" They hand all rights of their underage daughter over to the abusers. This couple use her as their unpaid nanny/maid and in between chores beat her and abuse her emotionally.
It is a hard read for content but the book goes quickly. I like the fact that Alex is strong enough to rise above the mistreatment and fight to be herself. The fact that she forgives her parents is truly remarkable .

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pktab
Sep 30, 2016

I had read the shortened version of this in Reader's Digest. I was raised Mormon and left the church in my late teens. I was interested to see what Alex Cooper had to say. The story was very disturbing. She was subjected to such torture and no one would help her for such a long time; she was virtually ignored by members of the church.

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muffinpopcorn
Aug 03, 2016

Really enjoyed reading this book . Was startling surprised at times at the treatment of Alex . A true story and quite enlightening . Glad I read it . Kept me enthralled through the whole book, certainly wasn't boring

MrsIredale May 24, 2016

A harrowing memoir that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is hard to believe and unfortunate that this is a true story.

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