Saving Alex by Alex Cooper audiobook

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

By Alex Cooper , with Joanna Brooks
Read by Luci Christian

HarperAudio
8.80 Hours Unabridged
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Days after Alex Cooper told her parents that she was gay, they drove Alex from their home in Southern California to Utah, where they signed over guardianship to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality. For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed “residential treatment program,” modeled on the many “therapeutic” boot camps scattered across Utah. Alex was physically and verbally abused, and forced to stand facing a wall for up to eighteen hours a day wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks. “God’s plan does not apply to gay people,” her captors told her, using faith to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, 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. Saving Alex is a horrific 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, including finding the strength and courage to be herself, and how her story has inspired countless others along the way.

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Summary

Summary

Days after Alex Cooper told her parents that she was gay, they drove Alex from their home in Southern California to Utah, where they signed over guardianship to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality.

For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed “residential treatment program,” modeled on the many “therapeutic” boot camps scattered across Utah. Alex was physically and verbally abused, and forced to stand facing a wall for up to eighteen hours a day wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks. “God’s plan does not apply to gay people,” her captors told her, using faith to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, 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.

Saving Alex is a horrific 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, including finding the strength and courage to be herself, and how her story has inspired countless others along the way.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Alex Cooper’s story is a call to action—we must put a stop to this brutal practice of conversion therapy and ensure that every child is embraced for who they are in their homes, schools, and communities.” Chad Griffin, president, Human Rights Campaign
“Alex’s engrossing and shocking story is the triumph of courage, authenticity and hope over shame, bigotry and ignorance. The nightmare of Alex’s story is a key reason we will soon succeed in ending the cruel and dangerous practice of conversion therapy.” Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
“The suspenseful, well-written account of Alex’s eight months of ‘reparative’ therapy makes for compelling reading. Alex’s horrifying story is one that needs to be heard, and her book is an eloquent testament to that. It is encouraging proof that, as Alex is told, things do get better.” Booklist (starred review)
“Expressive, moving, and honest…Cooper’s story demonstrates how it is still possible to endure and prevail.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Alex Cooper

Author Bio: Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper would make legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenager. Now in her twenties, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her girlfriend.

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Author Bio: Joanna Brooks

Author Bio: Joanna Brooks

Joanna Brooks lives in San Diego, California. An author and recognized expert on Mormonism, gender issues, and LGBTQ advocacy, she is the chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English