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Jeremy Jordan Begs Fans to Help Save Cousin He Says Is 'Trapped Against Her Will' at Anti-Gay Boarding Facility

by Antoinette Bueno 10:14 AM PDT, June 09, 2016
Playing Jeremy Jordan Begs Fans to Help Save Cousin He Says Is 'Trapped Against Her Will' at Anti-Gay Boarding Facility

Jeremy Jordan is going public with a deeply personal family issue.

The 31-year-old Supergirl actor has been asking his fans to donate to a GoFundMe page called "Save Sarah," after he said his 17-year-old cousin -- Sarah -- is being "trapped against her will" at a boarding facility because she is gay.

"Please take a moment to help us save my dear sweet gay cousin Sarah," Jordan wrote on Facebook. "She needs our help, and is trapped against her will at a terrible facility in Texas."

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"I can't believe beautiful, smart, incredible kids like my cousin Sarah are still being told that being gay is wrong," he continued. "But it's worse than that for Sarah... She's been placed at a remote boarding facility to help 'pray away the gay' for a year with no communication to the outside world."

In a follow-up post on Tuesday, Jordan posted pictures of Sarah and her reported girlfriend.

"It BREAKS MY HEART this sweet young girl who's only 'issue' is loving another girl has been sent to a facility for 'troubled teens,'" he wrote. "News flash, folks, there's nothing wrong with her."

According to the GoFundMe page -- started by Jordan's brother, Joey -- the money is going towards paying legal fees for the lawyers trying to get Sarah released from the Christian boarding facility that her parents placed her in. The page also claims Sarah attempted to walk out of the facility shortly after being placed there, but was apprehended. She is also reportedly not allowed any contact in the form of phone calls, emails, or visits.

Sarah was allegedly placed in the boarding facility after attempting to go to prom with her girlfriend.

"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,'" the page reads. "Although 17-year olds are considered adults for certain purposes in Texas, state law permits parents to force their children to stay in a residential boarding facility until their 18th birthday."

"Sarah's extended family and close friends are trying to win her release through the legal system, but it’s not cheap," the page continues. "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."

As of Thursday, the campaign has raised $58,041.

Speaking to the Austin American-Statesman on Wednesday, Sarah's mother says her daughter's stay at Heartlight Ministries "has nothing to do with her sexuality." According to the paper, Sarah's parents argue, they placed her "in a therapeutic setting to help her with issues of depression, self-harm, drug use, and behavioral issues."

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Heartlight Ministries also released a statement after the story went viral.

"It is disheartening to see that this young woman has had elements of her story made widely public without her consent. The assertion that this teen was held at Heartlight Ministries against her will, or that Heartlight provides any 'treatment' services for sexual identity, are categorically untrue," Mark Gregston, Founder and Executive Director of Heartlight Ministries, wrote on the organization's website. "Heartlight is a residential counseling program for teenagers who struggle with a wide range of behavioral and emotional issues. While this young woman is no longer at Heartlight, should she ever personally choose to return, we would welcome her with open arms." 

Jordan thanked his fans on Twitter on Wednesday. "The continued support from all u incredible, compassionate folks brings tears to my eyes," he wrote. "So much love!"

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