Jeremy Jordan of the series "Supergirl" placed an appeal to his fans to help him raise money to get his lesbian cousin out of a Texas Christian boarding school aimed to "cure" her of her homosexuality.
"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," Jordan wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help raise money for legal fees to emancipate his cousin. "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.'"
According to Jordan, instead of competing in the state debate tournament of preparing for college, his cousin is "doing forced labor every day and enduring Bible-based 'therapy' for her 'disease.'" Jordan further says she is not allowed visitors and has no access to the phone or any form of computer communication.
"Sarah's extended family and close friends are trying to win her release through the legal system, but it's not cheap," Jordan writes. "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. 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's appeal is getting some support from the Broadway community, most notably from "Hairspray" composer Marc Shaiman who wrote:
"Hard to believe this kind of thing still exists in America, but lately it's become clear just how much of a bubble I live in. Please check out this GoFundMe that the sweet, (hot), and talented beyond words Jeremy Jordan sent out to his friends about his cousin. This is legit...and beyond comprehension."
Jordan, who also hails from Texas, plays Winslow "Winn" Schott, Jr. on the series "Supergirl," which aired on CBS but recently found a new home on the CW. His work in the stage version of the Disney musical "Newsies" earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a musical in 2012.