Actor Jeremy Jordan, who started a GoFundMe campaign to help with legal expenses to rescue his 17-year-old cousin Sarah from an ‘ex-gay’ conversion facility in Texas, where she was placed against her will, reports that Sarah is going to be released.
— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) June 9, 2016
We have an important update. We have just been informed that Sarah has been released from the facility. We don’t know the details, but we believe that this page, and the willingness of you all to share Sarah’s story had a great deal to do with this. We don’t yet know what this means for the legal case — we need to consult with our attorney and, when we are able, with Sarah about how or whether to continue. In the interim, we are not requesting additional donations at this time. As we’ve previously stated, if the lawsuit terminates, we will use all of the money that you so generously contributed to pay accrued legal bills for our lawyer and Sarah’s. If there are any funds left over, they will be placed in a trust for Sarah to help her with life”s next steps so that she can attend college and lead a normal life being who she is and loving whom she chooses.
We are understandably excited by today’s developments, and hopeful for what this means for Sarah’s ability to live her life as her true self. And we are hopeful that one day soon all the other LBGT teens out there who face rejection by their families and attempts to “fix” their sexuality will be accepted for who they are.
We will update this page when we know more. Thank you again for your generous contributions and kind words for Sarah. We look forward to when we are able to speak to Sarah and share with her all the incredible and inspiring words that you and others have written to her during this traumatic time.
The campaign, which made national headlines, raised more than $64,000 in five days.
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