Connect with us

Equality

Gay Valedictorian Kicked Out by Parents, Now Going to Georgetown Thanks to GoFundMe

Seth Owen has gone through a lot.

Hailey Nagma

Published

on

After being rejected by his parents due to his sexuality, openly gay 18-year-old Seth Owen was left with a 4.16 GPA, an acceptance to Georgetown University, and the realization that he couldn’t afford to go to college on his own.

Having found out about Owen’s sexuality during his sophomore year of high school, Owen’s parents responded by sending him to a Christian counselor, attempting “conversion therapy.”

The American Psychological Association states that the term refers to “counseling and psychotherapy aimed at eliminating or suppressing homosexuality.” The views on homosexuality that these “therapies” are based on are now rejected by all major mental health professions.

According to the description on GoFundMe, after a year, Owen opted to stop enduring the “treatment,” leading to his parents giving him an ultimatum: attend their church or move out. For the sake of his safety and well-being, Owen chose to leave his parents, get a job of his own and began to live with friends.

Owen had received a financial aid package from the university, but the package was based off of parental financial support. He was left with a tuition bill of $20,000 for his first year of education, NBC News reported. 

Enter: Jane Martin, Owen’s former biology teacher. After hearing of Owen’s situation, Martin started a GoFundMe page to raise the money required for Owen to attend Georgetown in the fall.

What began as a local fundraiser with a goal of $20,000 on June 18 has grown to a national effort to support a young member of the LGBTQ community. As of today, the campaign has raised $119,470 in donations from strangers across the country.

Martin has taken to GIFs on Twitter to express her excitement for Owen and spread a message to kids just like him:

 

As the good news of the campaign spreads across the Internet, Owen hopes that his story will encourage others to speak up about the hardships they are facing.

“It’s difficult to be who you genuinely are when you have all this pressure around you from all these different people in your life,” Owen told NBC. “But if you become comfortable with who you are, you’re that much more equipped to face these difficult times.”

Jumpstart a career doing something you are passionate about with one of College Media Network’s courses. Read about our current offerings, schedule and unique virtual learning environment here.

Hailey Nagma is a sophomore journalism major at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is passionate about writing, music, movies, and The Bachelor. She hopes to one day travel as a freelance reporter and witness all of the amazing things the world has to offer.

CMN Reports

Equality2 weeks ago

Colorado Bans Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth

The Centennial State moves forward in progress for the queer community.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

The Prairie State advances towards cannabis legalization.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

New Hampshire Becomes the 21st State to Abolish Capital Punishment

The Granite State makes a huge step towards criminal justice reform.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 weeks ago

Maine Bans LGBTQIA+ Conversion Therapy for Minors

The Pine Tree State further progresses in queer rights.

by , The Catholic American University
Election 20203 weeks ago

Elijah Manley: The Youngest Person to Ever Run for U.S. President

Meet the youngest person ever to run for U.S. president.

by , The Catholic American University
Government4 weeks ago

Poll: More than 40% of Americans Embrace Socialism

Socialism is gradually on the rise.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 month ago

Washington Becomes First State to Have a Public Insurance Option

The Evergreen State is going to compete in the healthcare insurance market.

by , The Catholic American University
Free Speech1 month ago

Serious Controversies Ensew Turning Point USA at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Controversies ranging from racism to assault plague UNLV.

by , The Catholic American University

Most Read From CMN Writers