Monday, August 06, 2018

Kicked Out Of His House For Being Gay, Seth Owen Gets the Last [Best] Laugh


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.”
Seth plans to use the funds raised by the GoFundMe page to cover additional expenses he may have while attending the prestigious Washington, D.C., school, but also plans to use the rest of the money to start a scholarship fund for other students.

Sounds like he’s far more Christian, and accepting and tolerant and old church, including his parents.

And he got the last laugh.

7 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

((Seth)) and to all the good people who
donated and Georgetown U. :-)

Helen Lashbrook said...

Seth 1001 - parents 0

Mitchell is Moving said...

So happy for him, gratified by the good people who "go-funded" him, and especially gratified by Georgetown University!

anne marie in philly said...

the kid is a better person than his "parents". may they be ignored and rot away!

Toni said...

Seth rocks, his parents suck. I hope one day someone smacks the parents really hard with a heavy book (phone book or bible) and some sense and decency gets knocked into them.

Martha said...

I'm so glad to hear this young man has such a happy ending! I wonder if his parents will ever regret their decision.

mistress maddie said...

The same thing happened to the ex boy-toy. He too got kicked to the curb by his parents at 16. He then got a job, found a place to live and worked his way up through the House of Representatives, to district operations and then to chief of staff for a state rep. Now he over sees a whole political department for a fundfaising company making 6 figures. His parents still won't acknowledge his accomplishments.