Daniel Pearce

A perfect example of how much hate and intolerance still exists today. This family gave a young man two options: attend a pray the gay away intervention, or face being disowned by the very people who are supposed to love him unconditionally.

Daniel Pearce, 19, from Georgia came out to his family last October. In a long interview, he told WXIA-TV that he didn’t spring the announcement on his family: “It was something that built over time,” he said.

The video makes for distressing viewing. A woman can be heard saying: “You’re full of shit. You told me on the phone that you made that choice. You know you wasn’t born that way.”

He told the BBC: “I recorded the video because I knew something was going to happen and I wanted to protect myself in case I was harmed in any way.”

His aunt has confirmed that he is staying with her and that he was punched in the mouth during the altercation.

His boyfriend has set up a GoFundMe page for his living expenses, and it has now raised nearly $100,000.  He says he plans to donate some money to LGBT groups.

Pearce told WXIA-TV the video wasn’t posted in order to shame his family.   He’s had no contact with his family since the incident and they have yet to comment.  He said: “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.”

An Update From Daniel:

Thank you to everyone from around America and all over the world for your support in the past several days. This has been a rough time for me and I never imagined that so many people would show such overwhelming compassion and generosity.

It’s important for all of you to know that right now, what I need most is time to think and work through the next steps in my life. I have been working closely with Atlanta-based Lost-n-Found Youth to help figure out what’s next for me. Right now, I’m safe and definitely feel your love all around me. Thank you!

I’ve asked my friends to discontinue donations to the GoFundMe page, but if you would still like to give money and help the LGBTQ youth homeless crisis, please visit the Lost-n-Found Youth website at www.Lost-n-Found.org for more information on how you can make a difference for the many other kids in the world like me.

For now, I ask for your understanding that I really need some quiet time to take it all in and plan my future. Thank you so much for your love and support. It means the world to me.

 

 
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