A&E’s new docuseries Undercover High follows seven 20-somethings who go back to high school incognito—including Jorge, a gay man who was bullied during his teens because of his sexuality.
In the show, the 24-year-old attends Highland Park High in Topeka, Kansas undercover with his 22-year-old sister, Lina. The siblings and their co-stars embed into their environment, hiding their true identities from almost everybody, including each other.
While Lina was a cheerleader who had a “really fun” high school experience, Jorge was picked on by his peers and feared reliving the perils of his teens.
“My biggest fear coming into this project was reopening those doors that I had locked and put away so many years ago,” he told ABC News. “We didn’t have a support system at school that made the LGBT kids feel safe or welcome.”
Jorge walked into Highland Park High with a goal: He hoped he could be the “inner voice” for someone else, acting as a confidante for another LGBT student. Clips from the show reveal that Jorge befriends Highland Park High’s bisexual student president, who opens up about his sexuality.
“This will open a lot of people’s eyes and hopefully, hopefully make a difference,” he told A&E.
Twitter users who viewed the show’s premiere on January 9 rallied in support of Jorge and thanked him for sharing his story.
— Blanket Jackson (@steenfox) January 10, 2018
Jorge's sister demonstrates what true allyship is! #UndercoverHigh
— It Gets Better (@ItGetsBetter) January 10, 2018
Schools should be safe and welcoming for ALL students. So glad Jorge is sharing his story. #UndercoverHigh
— Nicole Baker Fulgham (@nicolebfulgham) January 10, 2018
Undercover High airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on A&E.