Just a week before Kate Koenig began her first year in college, her parents cut her off financially after finding her blog where she identified as pansexual and then found out the man she’s dating is transgender.
“As a result of that (discovery) they decided to cut me off,” Koenig explained to HuffPost Live.
Kate explains on her GoFundMe page:
Unfortunately, a week before my first year of college started, my father went through my mail and found out that I am gay. My family, including extended family, is extremely homophobic. After they found out, my parents cut me off financially and I am no longer living with them. They are both unwilling and unable to cosign loans on my behalf. I have searched extensively, but I have been unable to find any loans which don’t require a cosigner.
Due to my inability to cover an entire year of tuition, I have decided to spend the fall semester at a community college in the area I am currently living. I have some money saved up from my summer job and a $6500 school loan which will be used toward the second semester, but I still need about $15,000 on top of that in order to make it through this school year. I’m one of three people renting a house for the year with a monthly rent, and I also need to have money for food. I have asthma and allergies which require several medications monthly in order to maintain my health. Most of the money I make at work is going toward rent for this semester and my classes at the community college.
Going to Pitt is a dream of mine and I couldn’t bear the thought of not being able to stay there. I am majoring in English and History and minoring in German with the hope of becoming a novelist. I will be immensly grateful if your contributions allow me to stay at Pitt. I’m praying every day for a miracle to help make this possible.
To date, she’s raised $8,077 toward a $15,000 goal from 291 people in 6 days.
Kate says her family continues to pray and hope that she will become heterosexual.
“They’re praying literally praying that I turn off my sexuality and come back to the faith, come back to the church and … come back to them,” Koenig said.
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