Lesbian teen released from ‘gay cure camp’ following campaign by Supergirl actor cousin
A lesbian teenager who was locked up in a “gay cure” camp has been released, following a campaign by her cousin, star of Supergirl, which raised over $40k for her.
Sarah, whose second name has not been specified, is the subject of a GoFundMe page created by her cousin, Joey Jordan, an actor of Supergirl fame.
Started on 4 June, the page was picked up by several media outlets, as it was created to free her from the “conversion therapy” camp where she was reportedly placed by her parents.
The page specifies that she was placed there by her parents after attempting to take her girlfriend to prom.
But Mark Gregston, founder and executive director of Heartlight Ministries, which operates the Christian school in Texas, has now released a statement saying that Sarah has been released.
“It is disheartening to see that this young woman has had elements of her story made widely public without her consent,” the statement reads.
“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.
“Heartlight is a residential counseling program for teenagers who struggle with a wide range of behavioral and emotional issues… While this young women is no longer at Heartlight, should she ever personally choose to return, we would welcome her with open arms.”
Jordan has not confirmed or denied that his cousin has been released.
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Sarah’s mother has also given a new interview denying that she was placed into the camp in order to “cure” her of being gay.
Speaking to the Austin American Statesman, the un-named mother said: “My daughter would be heartbroken that she is being misrepresented this way,”
She went on to say that she went to the camp to “help her with issues of depression, self-harm, drug use, and behavioral issues,” according to the paper.
The cousin notes on the GoFundMe page, which has so far raised over $43,344, that the money will be spent on a legal challenge to the facility to free her.
Saying she is bright and ambitious, Jordan goes on to say that any leftover money would be placed in a college fund.
A television pastor earlier this year claimed God can ‘cure’ gay people because homosexuals can’t feel love.