Hi, My name is Brian Jensen. I am a student leader, son, friend, and future Georgetown Hoya.
Earlier this year (after 2 years of attempted conversion therapy), my parents gave me an ultimatum. I would either continue to attend the church that outwardly attacked me and my sexual orientation or I would need to leave home. For my own well-being and safety, I chose the later. I have been living with friends and working to sustain myself since financially. My parents have refused to support me emotionally or financially because they deem my sexual orientation inconsistent with their religious beliefs. Throughout this all, I continued to work almost full-time while finishing high school at the top of my class as the co-valedictorian.
I was admitted to Georgetown University and received a financial aid package based on the premise of parental support. I appealed this decision with letters from mental health professionals, school personnel, mentors, and community organizations, but Georgetown University has refused to amend my financial aid package leaving me with $20,000 bill to cover my first year.
I know the goal seems unrealistic and the circumstances aren’t ideal, but I also know communities can make the impossible possible.
Please help me bring a rainbow in the midst of my storm.