Gay teen rejected by parents hits jackpot
Daniel Pierce’s family tried to ‘pray away his gay’. When that failed, they disowned him. Pierce then received over $90,000 (£54,000) in donations within just three days.
Pierce, according to this report, surreptitiously filmed the moment his father, grandparents, step-mother and his father’s sister accused him of “making a choice” and choosing his sexuality.
He said his family staged what he described as a “pray the gay away” intervention after he first revealed his sexuality to his stepmother last October.
In the five minute clip, the 19-year-old from Georgia can be heard explaining he has not chosen his sexuality, to which a woman responds:
No, you can deny it all you want to but I believe in the word of God, and God creates nobody that way. It’s a path that you have chosen to choose. Since you have chosen that path, we will not support you any longer. You will need to move out and find wherever you can to live, because I will not let people believe that I condone what you do.
When he asks his stepmother if he can stay in the house and live in the basement he is told firmly he cannot. A woman can then be heard screaming at him:
You’re full of shit. You told me on the phone that you made that choice. You know you wasn’t born that way.
Shortly after this, his family appear to confront Mr Pierce and a man can be heard shouting “You’re a damn queer” as the altercation continues.
Pierce posted the shocking video on YouTube, which amassed over three million hits since he published it on August 27, and his partner opened a gofundme page asking for donations to cover his basic living costs.
He told WXIA-TV he has had no contact with his family since the incident.
The video was not posted for people to attack them. I wouldn’t want it to happen to me. I wouldn’t want it to happen to them. They are still my family and they are in my heart but what happened in that video is very hurtful.
Pierce told the network some of the proceeds will be donated to LGBT support groups, including Lost and Found Youth.
What I hope people take away from watching that is it still happens. A lot of people don’t realize that it happens. They see all the positive videos and the negative videos never gets seen so if one family maybe watches it and maybe changes their mind in how they are going to handle it about their son or daughter coming out, one family and I will be happy.
His family have yet to comment on the video.