My amazing friends & fans, PLEASE help us save my sweet gay cousin Sarah who's trapped at a boarding facility in TX. https://t.co/mtVHMY1fdI— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) June 4, 2016
* Sarah is a 17-year-old high school student who has been sent to a Christian residential/boarding facility for “troubled teens” in East Texas by her parents to “pray away the gay” after she went to the prom with her girlfriend.
* Sarah attempted to walk out shortly after being placed in the facility, but was quickly caught by staff and punished for her escape attempt.
* Sarah’s extended family/relatives, including tv & Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan, are trying to win her release and have set up a GoFundMe account to help with attorney’s fees, which have already exceeded $20k, with a full hearing set for July.
* Homophobic piece of shit Patrick Von Dohlen, who is president of the San Antonio Family Association says, “It’s for their own protection and good. In this case, it’s natural for her to like boys. It’s not natural for her to like girls… It's going to cost them money that actually harms the young woman from getting the care and treatment she needs.” He claims that attempts to free Sarah interfere with parental rights. (Children’s rights? Whazzat?)
My cousin Sarah, like any other teenager, loves a shameless selfie... Its just sometimes hers includes another (1/5)— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) June 7, 2016
girl... You can't see it, but the caption of the photo on the left reads "Merry Christmas from two kids in (2/5)— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) June 7, 2016
love." It BREAKS MY HEART this sweet young girl who's only "issue" is loving another girl has been sent to a (3/5)— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) June 7, 2016
facility for "troubled teens." News flash, folks, there's nothing wrong with her. #SaveSarah (4/5)— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) June 7, 2016
sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Conversion therapy for minors is banned in five states (Vermont, California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Oregon), plus DC and Cincinnati. Only 45 more states to go!
UPDATE: Per this article (ty quack), it has been confirmed that Sarah was sent to Heartlight Ministries. There is contact information listed on their website...