Saving Alex

Author: Alex Cooper
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062374621
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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 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 quickly fall in love. Alex 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, and 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 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 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 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 teenager. Alex 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 truth.

Naked in the Promised Land

Author: Lillian Faderman
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299200145
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Born in 1940, Faderman was the only child of an uneducated and unmarried immigrant Jewish woman. She became a brilliant student, loving partner, devoted mother, influential writer, and groundbreaking scholar of gay and lesbian studies. Told with wrenching immediacy, this is the nakedly honest story of an exceptional woman. Photos.

I Hate His Her Ex

Author: Alex Cooper
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469135175
Format: PDF
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Although a qualifi ed teacher of Yoga, Meditation and Reiki, Alex found that it does not guarantee that the mind is always perfectly in balance, rational or justifi ed. After coming across alien feelings within her relationship, that had nothing to do with the love between her and her partner but more to do with her partner’s past relationship, she struggled immensely with how to deal with the anger and jealous behavior that these feelings brought on. Being aware that it was quite a taboo subject and that not many people like to admit to others that they are fi nding diffi culty in coping with aspects from the past, Alex was wary to approach the subject with friends or anyone else for fear that they would not understand or respond well. After much research and soul searching Alex discovered that problems with previous ex’s of your partner was far more common than she initially realised and she sought to discover ways to come to terms with the issues so she could resolve inner anxieties and concentrate on the most important thing, the present. Alex has put together an understanding of why these feelings can rise to the surface and the trauma they can cause within a relationship. Within the book there area coping strategies which will help you to work through these problems, ways to communicate better and recognising irrational thoughts and fears from those that are genuine so that we can let go of the anxieties which can cause anger, frustration and pain within a relationship.

In Quiet Desperation

Author: Fred Matis
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
ISBN: 9781590383315
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Most likely, someone you know is living a life of quiet desperation, struggling with feelings of same-gender attraction. In an effort to help Latter-day Saints understand and reach out to those who suffer from this difficulty. Fred and Marilyn Matis discuss how they've dealt with the knowledge of their son Stuart's challenge with same-gender attraction, and how parents and others can reach out with love. In addition, Ty Mansfield discusses his own challenge and how he continues to go forward with faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. "The Lord promised that he will change our hearts, but he didn't say when," writes Mansfield. "He never promised it would happen in mortality. He only said it would happen."

Gay Mormon Dad

Author: Chad Anderson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692050712
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Chad Anderson grew up gay in a large Mormon family. After years of trying to conform to religious standards, which promised a cure for homosexuality, he married and had children before finally coming out of the closet. Gay Mormon Dad is his story of finally learning to love himself in a complicated world. Chad currently resides with his two sons in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he works as a social worker and a writer.

I Just Looked Up

Author: Sue Krupa
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692662151
Format: PDF
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After years of abuse, trauma, and the tragic effects of mental illness tear a New England family apart, a young girl leaves home, never to return. Author Sue Krupa, journeys into the past after opening her mother's obituary to find her name omitted in one last act of cruelty. The story unfolds in a groundbreaking format of personal narrative interspersed with digital access points to the author's insights and music, as well as mental health videos. In this multi-media experience, readers will travel from the very depths of sorrow to the joys of unconditional love and forgiveness, discovering transformational resilience and peace are possible. In a courageous tour-de-force of brutal and gripping honesty, this sweeping memoir is as captivating as it is uplifting. I Just Looked Up, delivers a story of self- discovery which voyages from an abusive childhood home in Rhode Island to the rural fields of Kenya, Africa - with piercing heartaches at every turn.

The Mormon Hierarchy Wealth and Corporate Power

Author: D. Michael Quinn
Publisher: Signature Books
ISBN: 9781560852353
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Early in the twentieth century, it waspossible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelongassociations with businesses managedby their leaders or owned and controlledby the church itself. For example, onecould purchase engagement rings fromDaynes Jewelry, honeymoon at the HotelUtah, and venture off on the Union PacificRailroad, all partially owned and run bychurch apostles. Families could buy clothes at KnightWoolen Mills. The husband might work atBig Indian Copper or Bullion-Beck, GoldChain, or Iron King mining companies.The wife could shop at Utah Cereal Foodand buy sugar supplied by Amalgamatedor U and I Sugar, beef from Nevada Landand Livestock, and vegetables from theGrowers Market. They might take theirgroceries home in parcels from Utah BagCo. They probably read the Deseret Newsat home under a lamp plugged into a UtahPower and Light circuit. They could takeout a loan from Zion s Co-operativeandinsurance from Utah Home and Fire. The apostles had a long history ofcommunity involvement in financialenterprises to the benefit of the generalmembership and their own economic advantage.This volume is the result of theauthor s years of research into LDS financialdominance from 1830 to 2010."

The Korihor Argument

Author: Joseph L. Rawlins
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781497520684
Format: PDF, Mobi
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For the first edition of The Korihor Argument, author Joe Rawlins will be donating a portion of the sale of each copy of the book to help the children of Peru to a better education. Details can be found at joerawlins.com/press FROM THE KORIHOR ARGUMENT: "Do you know what I think?" Bishop Lambson asked me. "I think that you never had a testimony." Remarkable. A whole life of a man written off in a breath. And by a man with whom I had conversed less than half a dozen times. My whole life as a Mormon dismissed with an actual wave of the hand. Now that we have discussed Sons of Perdition in the previous chapter, the logic should seem obvious that Bishop Lambson wanted to spare me of his endorsement of my testimony for fear that I had denied the Holy Ghost and committed the unpardonable sin. Like most Mormons, he probably wants to believe that I was never one of the people who could have been so enlightened as to be eligible for Outer Darkness. But he does not know that to be the case. A better reason for Lambson's excusing me of ever having fidelity is that it calms his own nerves. He wants the confirmation bias that claims that the only reason that anyone would experience doubts about the Church was because they never attained his knowledge of it or experience with it. That gives him license not to honestly stop and consider the possibility that he is wrong. "Well," I answered, "you don't know me and you don't know my story." Does anyone? I wondered. Does anyone even care? I not only served a mission for this Church, I had suffered for the cause. I had put my name and my family's name to protect an organization that told me that it was normal to doubt its authenticity but that faith must drive me to disregard that doubt. It is difficult to describe the pain of my sacrifice being so summarily dismissed by an ecclesiastical leader.

The Book of Mormon Girl

Author: Joanna Brooks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451699689
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Story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Explores the author's journey through her faith, and the experience of being a Mormon.

No More Goodbyes

Author: Carol Lynn Pearson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780963885241
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A collection of anecdotes and letters from current and former gay and lesbian Mormons and their families explores the effects of their ostracization from Mormon faith communities, discusses Mormon attitudes about homosexuality, and argues for increased acceptance and sensitivity for gay members.