Although the world, at least the Western society, has somewhat developed an acceptance for same-sex relationships, a lot of people are still up against the gay people.
Emily Scheck is a 19-year-old lesbian girl whose parents disowned her after discovering her sexual preferences. The teen was told to either quit college and start a conversion therapy or simply get cut off from the family.
Emily, who is pursuing a business degree at Canisius College, in Buffalo, New York, decided to stand up for herself and made the hard decision of leaving her parents.
Her decision saw her became homeless and broke.
Emily’s father refused to pay her insurance and even removed the registration plates from her car after learning about the teen’s relationship with her girlfriend in August, the Metro reported.
The teen, who is on a partial athletic scholarship at Canisius College, received a message from her mother after some time which read: “Well, I am done with you. As of right now, you declare yourself independent. You are on your own. Please don’t contact us or your siblings…. Because you disgust me.”
Following these unexpected developments, Emily’s friend Grace Hausladen set up a crowdfunding page to help the teen with her expenses.
However, the campaign could disqualify Emily’s eligibility for the athlete scholarship under The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules. So the two friends decided to leave the Canisius College’s running programmes.
Grace wrote on the GoFundMe page: “This opportunity to help a friend in need has helped her and others to see that there is hope and love when it seems lost.”
She added: “Thank everyone for their support and love! We both will be supporting the team from the sidelines.”
The crowdfunding page had a target of $5,000 but it received a whopping $100,515 as well as a lot of love and support from the internet community.
According to the Buffalo News, the NCAA said it was ‘currently reviewing all options’ and was considering to modify their rules to allow Emily to retain her eligibility while also receiving donations.
Emily Scheck can retain her eligibility and continue to receive GoFundMe donations that assist her with living and educational expenses. pic.twitter.com/jut5EjPLnU
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) November 16, 2018
Canisius College issued a statement on Emily’s behalf, saying: “Thank you to everyone who showed their love and support in this difficult time. The positive outreach has been unbelievable. I never expected this amount of support.”
Grace also thanked people for their support and love. In the final update, she wrote on the page: “Thank you to everyone who has helped shape Emily’s future through their love, support and donations.
“By the amount of shares and attention this story was able to bring, Emily has more than enough to replace the financial support her parents will no longer give.
“Emily and I will be back running on the Canisius track team next season in the spring thanks to the NCAA and Canisius. We will continue our lives as college kids to get our Business degrees at Canisius.
“As Thanksgiving comes around, Emily, Justyna, and I all have something to be grateful for. A nation came together to help out a person in need and showed that Emily was worth fighting for.”