On Supergirl, Jeremy Jordan helps the Girl of Steel fight evil as tech genius Winn Schott. But in real life, he's turning to the public to help save the day and rescue his cousin from the perils of ex-gay conversion.
On Facebook, Jordan revealed that his cousin Sarah has been shipped off to a facility in Texas "to help 'pray away the gay' for a year with no communication to the outside world."
He's launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover legal expenses in getting Sarah released from this prison.
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.”
She is not allowed phone calls or email or any form of computer communication. She is also not allowed visitors and cannot leave the property. She is completely cut off from the outside world. She tried to run away, but was caught by the staff and returned to the facility.
Jordan and Sarah's extended family are trying to get her released through legal channels, and a hearing is set for July. But its not cheap: "Attorney’s fees in the first few weeks have already exceeded $20,000, and they are continuing to mount, with a full hearing set for July," he says.
To date, the campaign has garnered more than $14,000—a great start, but far short of the $100,000 goal.
"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."