Seth Owen’s parents kicked him out of their house because he’s gay. It didn’t matter that he was his class Valedictorian at First Coast High School in Jacksonville; it didn’t matter that he had a 4.16 GPA and seemed like he had a bright future.
But Seth had one problem: the church he attended was virulently anti-LGBTQ. And so he asked his mother and father if he could stop attending the church over those teachings and they gave him the choice to stay in the church or leave home … after sending him to “gay conversion” therapy.
He was gay and that was against their god. Seth Owens decided to leave home, knowing that he would not be able to attend the college of his choice—Georgetown—because, even with financial aid, he couldn’t afford the tuition.
Luckily, Seth is getting the last laugh. His story went viral last year when one of his teachers, knowing what Seth’s parents had done, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his first tuition at Georgetown; the page set a goal of $20,000 yet donations topped $129,000. But upon hearing his story, Georgetown offered Seth Own a full scholarship:
“While the campaign has been ongoing, the professionals at the Office of Student Financial Services have continued to work with me to make my dream a reality. Due to their efforts and attention, they were able to adjust my aid package even further, my expected contribution is now $0. With these new adjustments, I will be able to attend Georgetown University this fall.”
Sounds like he’s far more Christian, and accepting and tolerant and old church, including his parents.
And he got the last laugh.