The Real Supergirl
The world is obsessed with the private lives of celebrities.
From hookups and marriages to divorces, or from happy family moments to the most despicable of drama, celebrity scandals are commonplace and make for popular headlines, but rarely does this sort of news touch on such deep and disturbing issues.
Actor and singer Jeremy Jordan has already led an impressive stage and screen career in his 31 years, but recently, the world saw him in a raw, new role they hadn’t seen before: that of the concerned cousin.
The scene played out over social media as we learned that Jeremy’s 17-year-old cousin Sarah was forced into an East Texas Christian boarding facility for “troubled teens,” and all because she went to prom with her girlfriend.
Sarah’s plight quickly brought national attention to conversion therapy, the contentious process condemned as a harmful pseudoscience that targets LGBT youth. While Sarah had her famous cousin to help raise awareness, we can’t help but think of the countless youths across the nation who have been subjected to some form of the so-called therapy, a number that the National Center for Lesbian Rights estimates to be 1 in 3 LGBT people.
Thousands joined in the fight to #SaveSarah
Raised alongside two siblings by their single mother in low-income housing in Texas, Jeremy Jordan had been acting since a young age. He soon made his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages before starring as the alternate for Tony in the West Side Story revival and as the lead role of Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies both at the Paper Mill Playhouse and when the production moved to Broadway.
Stage credits aside, Jordan has starred in the films Joyful Noise and The Last 5 Years and the TV shows Smash and Supergirl, where he currently plays the role of Winn Schott, Jr.
But this past week, fans saw a side of Jordan they had never seen before: one of a family member in need of help.
Updating his fans and followers via Facebook, Jeremy announced that his 17-year-old cousin Sarah was being held against her will in a boarding facility for troubled teens in East Texas, all because she is a lesbian.
“I can’t believe beautiful, smart, incredible kids like my cousin Sarah are still being told that being gay is wrong,” he wrote on his Facebook. “But it’s worse than that for Sarah…She’s been placed at a remote boarding facility to help “pray the gay away” for a year with no communication to the outside world.”
Though the nightmarish scenario seemed too terrifying to be true, it was made even worse by the news that Sarah’s own parents, conservative Texans, were the ones who put Sarah in the facility after she took her girlfriend to her high school prom.