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READ Ö Saving Alex Ý [Reading] ➸ Saving Alex By Alex Cooper – When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family At church and at home Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone But something When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old life was pretty ordinarWhen Alex Cooper was fifteen years old life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family At church and at home Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different These feelings exploded when she met Yvette a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way and with whom Alex would uickly fall in loveAlex knew she was holding a secret that could shatter her family her church community and her life Yet when this secret couldn’t be hidden any longer she told her parents that she was gay. This book is about Alex who grew up LDS When she came out to her parents they kicked her out and then found a family in St George Utah to convert her into being straight Except that family wasn't licensed at all and ended up abusing her physically emotionally and spiritually and also it's not possible to change a person's sexual orientation through bullying them With the help of some friends she was able to escape her abusers and return to her family but not without a huge legal struggle to ensure her safety Part of that legal struggle was setting a precedent for other LGBT kids in Utah; during the case her opposition argued that encouraging her to be heterosexual was part of her parents' right to raise her in their religion but by the end of the case they decided that was not the case I think Reading about her custody trial also helped me understand about how the legal system works it seems like of a give and take until both parties are or less satisfied or tired I also feel sympathy for victims of abuse who decide in the end not to press charges as it seemed like a very stressful experience Alex decided to get on with her life rather than press charges against the family that abused herThis book was horrifying riveting and emotionally draining Five stars for being courageous and publishing this book But I can't say I really enjoyed reading about this emotionally difficult experience but I think it was good for me to realize what terrible things LDS exclusion of gay people can inspire If you are an LDS parent please decide now that you would never abandon your child or kick them our of your house because of their sexual orientation You can hold a temple recommend and still love and support your children even if they are ueer If you're an LGBTUILTBAG person struggling in the LDS community my ears and heart and possibly my spare room if it comes down to that are open to you


Of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City Alex eventually escaped and made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenagerAlex is not alone the headlines continue to splash stories about gay conversion therapy and rehabilitation centers that promise to “save” teenagers from their sexuality Saving Alex is a courageous memoir that tells Alex’s story in the hopes that it will bring awareness and justice to this important issue A bold inspiring story of one girl’s fight for freedom acceptance and tru. A real gut punch of a story but the ending feels unfinished The physical violence she suffered is terrible but the way she makes excuses for her parents enabling that violence and for the emotional violence of them still not believing her is sad I would love to see a follow up book in 10 years when she realizes that she doesn't have to forgive the parents who continue to abuse her with silence and lack of support

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Saving AlexAnd the nightmare began She was driven from her home in Southern California to Utah where against her will her parents handed her over to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexualityFor 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 many days she was forced to stand facing a wall wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks Her captors used faith to punish and terrorize her With the help. An infuriating read The Utah Cooper describes is chillingly close to Invasion of the Body Snatchers a place where the semblance of happy family life and a seemingly sympathetic gaze mask unfeeling conformity but it's her ability to find empathy for both her parents and captors even while justifiably wanting to run the latter over that makes this book both moving and enlightening It's also a nice retort to the loons blathering about Sharia law in the US as even after her escape Cooper is forced to lock horns with a homegrown version in the Utah legal system This is not John Krakauer writing wise but it deserves a spot alongside Under the Banner of Heaven and Emily Danforth's Miseducation of Cameron Post