Alex comes out to her parents and tells them she didn’t sneak out to be with a boy she was with a girl. At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone. Alex calls Frankie and frantically tries to explain where she is but is stopped by Tiana. Based on a harrowing true story, when 15-year-old Alex 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. Johnny and Tiana (Ian Lake and Sara Booth) abuse her for being a lesbian where they also beat her and punish her by having her wear a backpack full of rocks whil… Alex Cooper with Joanna Brooks Updated: Jun. The Siales told her parents they'd "cure" their … (Leaving marks on her shoulders at the end of the day.) (Ricky from My So-Called Life!?!) Day 87, Alex is taken to a rehab center so she can see where she will be headed next if she doesn’t take them seriously. She takes the bus to school, but the school is closed. McKrae Game, who founded the South Carolina–based conversion therapy organization Hope for Wholeness (a.k.a. The next day tho, Carol Lynn calls protective services and tells the secretaries at the school if they call the Simms, they will go to jail. In 1986, he took a job as a salesman and began to spend some of his time on the road. They run to each other in slow motion and hug. In Victorville, California, 15 year old Alex Cooper (Addison Holley) comes out to her Mormon parents (Kate Drummond and Steven Cumyn) as a lesbian and that she has fallen for her friend Frankie (Nicolette Pierce). © 2020, A&E Television Networks, LLC. You. As the title of her memoir suggests, that's when her nightmare began. 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She is the associate vice president for Faculty Affairs at San Diego State University. Listen to the podcast: Lifetime Uncorked available wherever you get your podcast. Mrs. Cooper’s response? I I want to know what happened to The Simms famil. Please buy me a coffee (or glass of ) Support Lifetime Uncorked by leaving a $3 tip. RD.COM True Stories. Saving Alex is a courageous book that brings awareness and justice to this important issue and offers a valuable resource on conversion therapy. Minority Report: Police Officer. Instead, she said, they sent her to live with Tiana and Johnny Siale, for eight months. 243 days. They legally have custody of Alex. For more information visithttp://savingalex.org/. Don’t,” and then “Get owoot of this hoowse!” (Very Canadian!). Alex’s parents take her to “live in Utah with her grandparents.” but they really take her to conversion therapy. Molly invites Alex over to dinner at her house, and Alex meets Frankie. Last edited on 29 September 2020, at 04:38, Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began, "What's on TV Saturday: 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Midsomer Murders, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Trapped:_The_Alex_Cooper_Story&oldid=980903430, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 September 2020, at 04:38. In Victorville, California, 15 year old Alex Cooper (Addison Holley) comes out to her Mormon parents (Kate Drummond and Steven Cumyn) as a lesbian and that she has fallen for her friend Frankie (Nicolette Pierce). Alex wants to take things to the next level, and Frankie reluctantly goes along with it. He promises to get her out of her situation but makes her late to class, which means more punishment. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. (Who also advises the gay/straight alliance club.) They plan their lives together and kiss. She Was Sent Away By Her Parents For Being Gay. Alex runs out of the house and is almost hit by a bus. Alex creates a scene and shouts for help, but everyone ignores her. Who forces Alex to throw up and take a cold shower, she then tells her to make breakfast. He helped Alex get in touch with an attorney, who later helped orchestrate her escape. Releasing a podcast episode everyday starting Thanksgiving through Christmas! Patrick Serrano is here with your holiday TV movie preview. Cooper's book, Saving Alex, details the "exhausting and humiliating" time she allegedly spent at a home in St. George, Utah. Jason opens up about being gay and how difficult it is being bullied. She says she is straight whenever they ask. When they arrive, Alex realizes that it not her grandparent’s”hoowse.” Alex demands to know what is going on. We start off with a typical trope in Lifetime movies, a teenage female running. The parents ground Alex indefinitely. Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story is produced by SilverScreen Pictures and executive produced by Jeffrey Hunt, Kyle Clark and Lina Wong. Overview. (Who is wearing her finest Lesbian plaid and recently graduated high school.) (See Side Notes for more details on the true story.). , The film stars Addison Holley, Nicolette Pierce, Sara Booth, Ian Lake, Kate Drummond, Wilson Cruz, Steven Cumyn, and Elisa Mooncherry. The screenplay by Michelle Paradise is based on the 2016 memoir 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, which documents Cooper's experience in being sent to a conversion therapy home and the brutalities she endured while there.. All Rights Reserved. Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story; Poster. No one tells her anything. Details: Sixty-five-year-old Alex Cooper of Cranbrook, British Columbia, was an accomplished musician, much-loved husband and family man. The more uncomfortable she is, the more she will grow. (Like Varsity Blues!) As a mom of a teenager that came out it just showed me that I did the right thing. Before she can be sent to the wall again with her backpack. Alex calls Frankie at a rest stop and tells her where she is going and that she will see her in a few weeks. Alex can’t take it anymore and takes a bunch of pills that she finds in the pantry. 1.8m Followers, 217 Following, 227 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Alex Cooper (@alexandracooper) Thank you for sharing your story. ), Alex is understandably, still suicidal. We get a happy montage of Frankie and Alex getting closer, and a lot of almost kissing happens. Alex has earned her privileges back and is no longer on the wall. She tells Johnny and Tiana that Frankie’s last name is Jackson. Sharla Hale and Drewbear are back to talk about the upcoming It's a Wonderful Lifetime Christmas offerings. Hymns play as she runs through the dark and is almost hit by a car. The Church was not revising its doctrine on homosexuality, which teaches that having same-sex attraction is not a sin, but acting on it is. He brings her to the environmental club where she meets Carol Lynn. “No. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. At school, Alex is literally drooling over the cheerleaders. Like lots of other young people looking to make their dreams come The days tick by, and Alex is confined to the house. This leads to them taking her to Utahto live with the Simms who Alex's grandparents (Roger Dunn and Lynne Griffin) told her parents about. Produced by Lifetime as part of its "Ripped from the Headlines" feature film, it aired on September 28, 2019. Johnny has a group session (WITH HIS KIDS IN THE ROOM) and preaches that being gay is a choice, and if they choose that path, they will be damned to an eternity of hell. Day 94, Alex is taken to her grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving. Tiana and Johnny have done this before and give her a list of house rules. Trapped for eight months with strangers, Alex faced horrible punishments and beatings that were intended to cure her homosexuality. Alex hears that red jeeps pull up and runs outside. For punishment, Johnny punches her in the stomach. Her mother basically calls her a liar. (They have 4 kids and are “helping” two other gay boys.). When Alex returns home, her parents are worried sick and have called the police.
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