There’s no universally agreed upon way to be a good parent. There are, however, a number of bad ways. We saw that last week; Daniel Pierce from Georgia surreptitiously filmed the moment his family accused him of “making a choice” to be gay, and was allegedly disowned as a result of it. The video went viral, and then Internet magic happened.
Pierce said that his family staged what he called a “pray the gay away” intervention after he came out to his stepmother in October. It was during that intervention that he filmed his parents attacking him; in the five-minute clip, the 19-year-old from Georgia can be heard explaining that he didn’t choose to be gay.
In response, a woman says that he can “deny it all [he] want[s] to” but because she believes in “the word of God, and God creates nobody that way,” it was something he had “chosen.”
She adds that:
“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, she point-blank tells him no. A woman screams at him, “You’re full of s***. You told me on the phone that you made that choice. You know you wasn’t born that way.”
Shortly after that, a man shouts:
“You’re a damn queer.”
Because, you know, that’s what you do when you love someone. You scream at them and call them names.
Pierce published the video to YouTube which can be seen below.
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.
He said that some of the proceeds will go to LGBT support groups, including Lost and Found Youth, adding:
What I hope people take away from watching that is it still happens. A lot of people don’t realize that it happens.
I mentioned, once upon a time, that if you pursue anything, including God, with the vigor of an obsession or addiction, your path will be one of ruin, misery, and self-destruction, and not just for yourself but also those around you. Here’s more proof of that; thankfully, it has a decent ending for Mr. Pierce.
h/t: The Independent