Family’s Reaction To Son’s Coming Out Turns Violent, Caught On Video [NSFW]

A Georgia man suffered what may be the worst reaction many of us have ever seen to a person coming out to his family.

The man in question, 20-year-old Daniel Ashley Pierce of Georgia, was having a discussion with his family about his choice to be open about who he is and to embrace who he was as an adult.

But his coming out turns violent when an unknown woman, someone who could be his step-mother or another family member, approached him and started beating him. The Huffington Post has more about the video showing the coming out turning violent:

“In the five-minute clip, which does not focus on any individual’s face, the people in the room with Pierce can be heard telling him his sexuality is a choice. When he disputes that, they use religion as an argument.

“‘No, you can believe that if you want to,’ a woman, presumably his grandmother, can be heard saying, ‘but I believe in the word of God, and God creates nobody that way. It’s a path that you have chosen to choose…. You go by all the scientific stuff you want to. I’m going by the word of God.’ She goes on to say that since Pierce has ‘chosen that path’ they will no longer support him and he needs to move out because she ‘will not let people believe that I condone what you do.’

“Pierce asks his stepmother if he can stay in the house, but she refuses.

“‘You’re full of s**t,’ she says. ‘You told me on the phone that you made that choice. You know you wasn’t born that way. You know d*mn good and well you made that choice. You know that [your father] has done everything he can to raise you…. He didn’t need to blame himself.'”

It was at this point that the coming out turns violent, with one of the women apparently hitting Pierce. In the background of the YouTube videoTh, his father could be heard yelling that he was a “d*mn queer.”

Sex columnist Dan Savage was one of the first to post the video and through out the idea of hosting a fundraiser for the 20-year-old, who was disowned and financially cut off from his family following the incident. Savage wrote on The Stranger, “We could have a fundraiser up and running for this poor kid by morning—if we knew who he was and where he was.”

A GoFundMe campaign was eventually set up to support Pierce with a goal of $2,000 to help him get off his feet. As of this writing, the campaign has raised $93,805.

This is not the first time religious individuals have acted out at homosexuals in the name of God. The Inquisitr reported last year on the Christians who refused to tip a waiter because he was gay.

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