Irish-Canadian actor Donal Logue is known for Sons of Anarchy, Grounded for Life, and and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; most recently he can be seen in Fox’s Gotham.
Logue has two children with former partner Kasey Walker (Smith): son, Finn and daughter, Jade who is openly transgender.
Logue took to social media last Thursday to ask for helping in locating Jade, 16, who had gone missing the day before. Jade had plans to meet a friend near Brooklyn’s Barclay Center around 3 in the afternoon on June 26, having traveled there from her Clinton Hill home. This was the last time she was seen.
Logue is now working the the NYPD, the Center for Missing Children and reportedly the FBI to locate his daughter.
According to Variety, “fellow actor Danny Trejo posted a 30-second video via Twitter Monday that suggested there are concerns Jade may be under the control of another person,” though the NYPD is treating the case as a missing person’s investigation.
In the video, Trejo says “Whoever has Jade, I want to plead with you, please just drop her off anywhere. She’ll find her way home.”
He even goes on to apparently plead with the possible abductor, saying that things have “gotten a lot bigger than you thought. I know you don’t want to get the people that you’re dealing with in trouble so please just drop her off–there’ll be no questions asked.”
Jade’s mother, Kasey Smith, also posted a video Sunday addressing Jade directly but also seeming to imply that they believe someone is involved in her disappearance.
Raising concerns that this could be some type of identity-targeted crime, Smith specifically addresses Jade’s gender identity: “Jade’s gender and her sexual orientation does not matter here. What matters is that there’s a child out there who is missing. Jade’s story is for Jade to tell when and if she’s ever ready to tell it, and let that be hers. It’s not yours, it’s not anyone else’s and it’s not mine. All I want right now is for her to be at home.”
Jade Logue come home pic.twitter.com/BshyCFmPcb
— Kasey Smith (@kaseykaseysmith) July 2, 2017
Donal Logue made a similar post Sunday on Facebook, stating that he loves Jade, loves “who she is” and stating that he’s “met many wonderful people through Jade.” His plea sheds a bit more light, though not much, on the situation when he continues: “There are some predators who swim among their ranks knowing they’re dealing with sweet, trusting souls,” referring to the people Jade has met since coming out, apparently.
These social media posts make it seem possible that Jade left home of her own volition, though her minor-status makes that issue a murky one. Logue’s Facebook post goes on to say “Whoever knows where she is, whoever may be with her–clearly this thing has become big and crazy…The point is, you may have had good intentions to help her but realize now it’s bigger than you could have ever anticipated.”
It is not uncommon for LGBTQ youth to be kicked out of their homes or run away, and it is not unexpected considering the continued lack of support, normalization and embrace worldwide for non-heterosexual and gender-non-conforming identities. According to the Center for American Progress, as of 2010, there were as many as 2.8 million homeless youths in the US and anywhere between 20-40 % of those are LGBTQ youth. Approximately 400,000 LGBTQ youth face homelessness annually and the average age for a transgender youth in New York to become homeless is 13.5.
It appears that Jade’s family is supportive of her gender identity and transition, particularly considering their regular use of female pronouns. Being transgender, however, continues to be a difficult journey for many, no matter what their level of support. LGBTQ people have historically had to build sub-communities leading to terms like “found families,” which refers to the idea of creating a non-biological family unit because of the inability to fit into one’s birth-family, or, more commonly, because of rejection by one’s birth family. Films such as Tangerine reflect this process in depicting not only transgender women living on the street primarily as sex workers, but also reflecting that at a time most consider family time, Christmas Eve, LGBTQ people often have only their “found families” to turn to.
Found families can often feel more accepting and comfortable even if a transgender or LGBQ person has an open-minded, accepting family, because even the most accepting family may have to work hard to be accepting and to understand what other LGBTQ people already readily understand and embrace.
That being said, if her family is as embracing, understanding and concerned as they appear to be, it is hopeful that this minor will find safety and will not come to any harm during her separation from her biological family. If she has run away of her own accord, it is hopeful that she is not with “predators” as her family and friends seem to indicate; as they may know more than they are sharing, it is hopeful this issue will be resolved without any harm coming to Jade and with a mutual, peaceful resolution.
The family asks anyone with information to contact NYPD Detective Frank Liuzzi at 718-636-6547.