Actor Donal Logue’s 16-year-old daughter Jade Logue is still missing after disappearing Monday, June 26.
The Gotham actor took to social media to make an emotional plea for the return of his daughter, who is transgender.
“I love all people and have met tons, but honestly (I’m biased) there’s never been a more loving, innocent, cuddly child than Jade,” he wrote on Facebook. “I love her and who she is and her tribe is strong (I’ve met many wonderful people through Jade), but there are some predators who swim among their ranks knowing they’re dealing with sweet, trusting souls.
Donal continues: “We want you home Jade. Whoever knows where she is, whoever may be with her– clearly this thing has become big and crazy. The net has been flung far and wide and luckily, I have dogged teams from the NYPD, FBI and others involved. The point is, you may have had good intentions to help her, but I’m sure you realize that this situation is bigger than you could’ve anticipated.”
“It’s okay. Just drop her off. Let her get back in touch with her mother, Kasey, or me — we’ll take her back, with hugs and no questions asked. Contact us If you have any information regarding Jade’s disappearance or Detective Frank Liuzzi at 718 636 6547. There is an “out” for this situation that works for all involved. We promise.”
Jade Logue’s mother Kasey Smith made a plea as well: “Jade’s gender and her sexual orientation does not matter here. What matters is that there is a child out there, my baby, Donal’s baby, out there missing.”
Jade Logue come home pic.twitter.com/BshyCFmPcb
— Kasey Smith (@kaseykaseysmith) July 2, 2017
In April 2016, it’s reported Jade tweeted about being transgender, going to Twitter to write, “shoutout to being trans cant wait to be assaulted for absolutely no reason other than existing.”
The 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that kids in grades K-12 who identified as transgender or gender non-conforming reported high rates of bullying and violence at school: 78 percent reported harassment, 35 percent reported physical assault and 12 percent reported sexual violence. For 31 percent of these kids and teens, harassment came at the hands of teachers and school staff.
One sixth of K-12 students who identify as trans or gender non-conforming said that bullying was so bad that they left school because of it.