Forced labor and Bible-based “therapy” for teen lesbian.
Supergirl star Jeremy Jordan is fighting to rescue his 17-year-old cousin from an anti-gay Christian boarding school.
Jordan, who stars in Supergirl as tech genius Winn Schott, has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with legal expenses to rescue his 17-year-old cousin from a “pray away the gay” Christian boarding facility in Texas, where she is being held against her will.
The following is an excerpt from the GoFundMe page:
Meet my cousin Sarah. At 17, her future looks bright. She is in the top 10% of her class, runs cross-country and belongs to the National Honor Society and the debate team. She is also gay.
Like any high school kids in a relationship, Sarah and her girlfriend wanted to go to prom together. But when they did that, Sarah’s parents, who believe that homosexuality is a sin and abnormal, sent Sarah away against her will to an East Texas Christian boarding facility for troubled teens to “pray away the gay.”
Not only does this type of “therapy” not work, mental health professionals from organizations like the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have found it to be psychologically damaging, especially for minors. And Sarah has been told that she must stay in this facility for a whole year. So 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.”
Sarah needs your help. 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.
Jordan reports his cousin is not allowed phone calls or email or any form of computer communication. She is completely cut off from the outside world – she is not allowed visitors and she cannot leave the property.At one point Sarah tried to escape, but was caught by the staff and returned to the Christian boarding facility and punished.
Human Rights Campaign reports on Christian “pray away the gay” programs:
So-called “conversion therapy,” sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.
Sarah is not alone in being tortured and abused by Christian extremists. Transgender teen Leelah Alcorn is another notable victim of Christian conversion therapy. Leelah committed suicide after years of abuse and rejection from strict Christian parents, parents who forced Leelah to attend conversion therapy. In the process Leelah was removed from her school and friends and isolated, all in a profoundly misguided and cruel attempt to change her gender identity.
In short, the despicable attempt to force a child or young adult to reverse their sexual orientation or gender identity is not uncommon among Christian extremists. In fact, there are countless Sarahs and Leelahs out there, innocent kids abused and tortured either at home or at boarding facilities in order to satisfy the religious superstition and bigotry of ignorant parents.
Bottom line: It’s too late for Leelah, but we can still #SaveSarah.