Same-sex relationships, marriage, adoption, and everything in between are, fortunately, becoming more and more accepted, understood, and celebrated in today’s world. However, there are still people in this world, even in the Western world, that still isn’t too happy about the idea of letting two people live as they want to.
Emily Scheck’s parents are a prime example of this. When they discovered that their daughter is a lesbian, they disowned her completely, and they told her that she should either quit her university and get a conversion therapy, or get cut off completely.
The 19-year-old is currently studying for a business degree, and she refused to quit her school and go to conversion therapy, which made her homeless and broke.
When her parents saw a photo of Emily and her girlfriend in August and they discovered that she was a lesbian, they even removed the registration plates from her car and refused to pay the insurance.
Her dad drove to Canisius College in Buffalo a few days later, a school where she is on a partial athletic scholarship, and he took all of her personal belongings, clothes, photos, and even her birth certificate there.
Emily shared a text message from her mother 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.”
One of her friends set up a GoFundMe page for her so people could help her financially support herself, but the campaign meant that she was no longer eligible for a scholarship, and she was disqualified under the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules.
However, Emily and Grace have decided that they will no longer be on the Canisius College’s running programmes, and they thanked everyone for their support and love.
The GoFundMe page has been closed after it raised $100,515, and more than 2,500 people donated in just 14 days. It has also been reported that the NCAA was “currently reviewing all options”, and have updated the rules so that she can compete using the donation money to support herself independently.
Grace wrote on the final update on the GoFundMe page that Emily has now more than enough money to replace the financial support her parents will no longer give, and that Emily will be back running on the Canisius track team next season.
Well, as it turns out, Emily’s parents have actually enabled her to receive all the love and support she could have needed when they decided to stop her from being who she is.