Jeremy Jordan and Sarah
Actor Jeremy Jordan, who plays the role of Schott, Jr on the TV series Supergirl, is raising funds in a desperate bid to save his lesbian cousin Sarah from a Christian “gay cure” school.
Jordan says that the 17-year-old is being forced by her parents to go to an East Texas Christian boarding facility for troubled teens to “pray away the gay”.
Before being sent there, the teen was in the top 10% of her class, ran cross-country and belonged to the National Honour Society and the debate team.
She was ordered to the school against her will simply because she’s gay and wanted to attend the prom with her girlfriend.
Sarah is now not allowed phone calls, emails or any form of communication or contact with the outside world.
When she attempted to walk out of the facility she was apprehended by staff and punished. Friends who drove to the school in a bid to free her were threatened with arrest.
Jordan is trying to raise money through a GoFundMe page to pay for the lawyers who are trying to get Sarah released from the facility. The legal bid was launched by Sarah’s aunt.
“I can’t believe beautiful, smart, incredible kids like my cousin Sarah are still being told that being gay is wrong,” said Jordan.
“She may not be able to see it now, but please show her how much she matters and take a stand to help us free this wonderful young woman and welcome her back to a world of love and acceptance.”
He added that, “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.”
Jordan revealed that attorney’s fees in the first few weeks have already exceeded $20,000 and are continuing to mount, with a full hearing set for July.
Fellow actor Colton Haynes, who recently came out as gay, has thrown his weight behind the campaign, tweeting: “This absolutely breaks my heart. Pls help Jeremy Jordan’s cousin be her true self. #FreeSarah. Join me & donate.”
Attempts to change people’s sexuality or gender identity have been widely condemned by mental health bodies around the world as ineffective and dangerous.