Based on a harrowing true story, when 15-year-old Alex (Addison Holley) revealed she was gay to her devout Mormon parents, they feared so deeply for her soul that they took her from their Southern California home and placed her against her will in a conversion therapy home in Utah. Trapped for eight months with strangers (Sarah Booth and Ian Lake), Alex faced horrible punishments and beatings that were intended to cure her homosexuality. After realizing she would have to submit to their rules in order to survive, Alex was eventually allowed to attend school, where she became friends with a boy that was the president of the gay-straight alliance. He helped Alex get in touch with an attorney, who later helped orchestrate her escape.
Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story is produced by SilverScreen Pictures and executive produced by Jeffrey Hunt, Kyle Clark and Lina Wong. Jeffrey Hunt directs from a script by Michelle Paradise.
Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began
By Alex Cooper and Joanna Brooks
To learn more details of Alex’s story, and to hear it in her own words, check out her memoir, Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began. Saving Alex is a courageous book that brings awareness and justice to this important issue and offers a valuable resource on conversion therapy. A bold, inspiring story of one girl’s fight for freedom, acceptance, reconciliation, and truth.
ALEX COOPER made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenager. Saving Alex is her story, in her words.
JOANNA BROOKS is an author and recognized expert on Mormonism, gender, and LGBT issues. She is the associate vice president for Faculty Affairs at San Diego State University.
For more information visithttp://savingalex.org/. Saving Alex is available in hardcover, e-book, and digital audio.