Seth Owen's dream was to go to college. But after his parents kicked him out for being gay, it felt like he'd never achieve it.
The 18-year-old, who was valedictorian of his graduating class, was all set for the future. With a GPA of 4.16 and an acceptance to his first-choice college — Georgetown — he thought his life had been made.
But Owen's parents — strict Southern Baptists — made him leave home when he refused to go to church or continue any type of conversion treatment. Without his parents' help, he wouldn't be able to afford to go to school.
“I started to cry, because I realized there was no way that I could go to college,” Owen told NBC. “Georgetown was my only option, because I had already denied my other acceptances.”
Seth Owen (left) , Jane Martin (center) and friends. Photo via GoFundMe.
Martin's act of kindness is the support all students — queer or not — deserve to help them achieve their dreams and express self-love.
“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 said. “But if you become comfortable with who you are, you're that much more equipped to face these difficult times.”