Based on a news article written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. When 15-year-old Ahmed inadvertently outs himself to his parents, they take him to a residential treatment center in the Nevada desert, Serenity Ridge, where he's tortured, molested, and put through a straight rehabilitation program. After 11 months, Ahmed manages to escape to a safe house for runaway gay teens in San Francisco.
Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Step parent; Homelessness; Homosexuality; Gender noncomformity; step mother; transient; homeless; homosexual; gay; same sex relationship; gender expression; gender identity
step mother and father
Rainbow List, 2012 Young Adult Fiction
runway teenagers; San Franciso; sexual abuse; psychological abuse; conversion camp; escape; safe house
Mournian, Tomas, "Hidden" (2011). DIVerse Families. 1348.