Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, And Thats When My Nightmare Began

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

Author Alex Cooper Duration: 8:49:01 Narrator Luci Christian Bell Publisher HarperCollins USA
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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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  • 001 Saving Alex

    Duration: 19s

  • 002 Prologue

    Duration: 01min

  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duration: 10min

  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duration: 18min

  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duration: 15min

  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duration: 26min

  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duration: 19min

  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duration: 14min

  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duration: 36min

  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duration: 23min

  • 011 Chapter 09

    Duration: 14min

  • 012 Chapter 10

    Duration: 13min

  • 013 Chapter 11

    Duration: 01h05min

  • 014 Chapter 12

    Duration: 51min

  • 015 Chapter 13

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  • 016 Chapter 14

    Duration: 28min

  • 017 Chapter 15

    Duration: 36min

  • 018 Chapter 16

    Duration: 50min

  • 019 Chapter 17

    Duration: 25min

  • 020 Chapter 18

    Duration: 17min

  • 021 Chapter 19

    Duration: 17min

  • 022 Credits

    Duration: 38s

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