Jeremy Jordan, who co-stars on the TV show "Supergirl," is asking his fans and others to help in an effort to get his 17-year-old cousin, Sarah, out of an East Texas Christian boarding facility where she was reportedly sent by her parents because she is gay.
The New Civil Rights Movement notes that Jordan tweeted a link to a GoFundMe page that was set up by Jordan's brother Joey on June 4.
The fundraising effort is to pay legal fees that could reach $100K. Christine Andresen, a Texas lawyer hired by Sarah's aunt, is fighting to free the teen.
"I can't comment on pending litigation, other than to authenticate that to the best of my knowledge, the background information on the GoFundMe shared by Sarah's cousin is truthful," Andresen said in a statement, notes PEOPLE.
According to the GoFundMe page, Sarah and her girlfriend went to their high school prom together, which upset Sarah's parents who believe homosexuality is a sin. The page says that Sarah's parents subsequently sent her away to the boarding facility for a year.
The facility allegedly practices gay conversion therapy and believes that homosexuality can be prayed away.
The GoFundMe campaign also says that "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.'"
The page adds that the teen is not allowed emails, phone calls or visitors. Sarah is not allowed to leave the property, although she reportedly tried once and was returned to the facility by the staff.
The campaign notes that there is a court hearing scheduled for July. As of June 9, over $60,000 in donations had been made towards the $100K goal.
A Q&A section of the GoFundMe page states: "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 ... When close friends of Sarah drove up to the facility in an attempt to free her, local law enforcement threatened to arrest them."