By Alex Temblador
Jeremy Jordan plays “Winn” in the TV series, Supergirl. And yet, it’s not his career that has this actor in the news right now — it’s his fight to save his cousin.
Jordan recently set up a GoFundMe Campaign called, “Save Sarah.” Sarah is Jordan’s 17 year old cousin in Texas who just so happens to be gay. When she went to her high school prom with her girlfriend without her parent’s knowledge, they sent her to an “East Texas Christian boarding facility for troubled teens to ‘pray away the gay.'” Apparently, Sarah has been told she must stay in the facility for a year.
Now Jordan, and many of Sarah’s other extended family and friends, are working to help free Sarah, but to do that, they are trying to raise funds for legal fees.
In the GoFundMe campaign, Jordan explains the dire situation:
“Instead of being surrounded by friends and extended family who love and support Sarah for who she is, she’ll be isolated in a place where the fact that she is gay is treated as a sin and an illness. Instead of preparing for college and competing in the state debate tournament, she’ll be doing forced labor every day and enduring Bible-based ‘therapy’ for her ‘disease.'”
What’s worse is that Sarah is not only stuck in this facility, but she’s also being isolated. She can’t receive phone calls, have computer access, or receive visitors. She even tried to escape but was caught and returned to the facility.
As Jordan notes on the campaign page — helping to free Sarah could have a bigger success:
“But this is about more than just one gay kid – if we free Sarah we can help show that it’s not okay to try to make gay teens straight by sending them away and using the threat of God against them.”
“Spread the word so being gay doesn’t mean losing freedom for Sarah. #savesarah.”
— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) June 5, 2016
We wish Sarah’s extended family and friends luck in this fight to free Sarah and hope that one day, all parents and people across the world learn and understand that you can’t cure being gay and to even try to, is detrimental to any person’s mental, emotional, and physical health.
Alex Temblador is a writer for TheNextFamily.com and the founder of Fempotential.com.