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Daniel Ashley Pierce a 20-year-old college student from Kennesaw, Georgia recorded a violent, abusive video of his family's so called anti-gay intervention.  


From Raw Story

Pierce said that he recorded the family meeting because, “I wanted to make sure there was evidence in case something happened.”

“Pierce’s video began going viral,” wrote Cavan Sieczkowski, “after it was posted by Dan Savage with Seattle’s The Stranger. 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.”

Things quickly get heated.

“You can deny it all you want to,” says Pierce’s stepmother, “but I believe in the word of God, and God creates nobody that way. It’s a path that you have chosen to choose.”

Pierce tries to explain that science has proven that sexual orientation is not a choice, but an innate quality.

“Scientific proof trumps the ‘word of God,’” he says.

“You go by all the scientific stuff you want to,” she replies. “I’m going by the word of God.”

What was the point of this so called intervention, to assault him, call him names and tell him he was going to hell, well Mission Accomplished!

And sad that his father let this happen.


The recording of the nightmarish confrontation has gone viral. Pierce’s boyfriend set him up a Go Fund Me account to try to raise $2,000 for Pierce to live on while he finds a place to live. By 9:30 A.M. on Friday, well-wishers had donated more than $53,000.

In a note at the Go Fund Me site, Pierce wrote, “Oh My you guys! I am in tears! I didn’t realize that this was even set up for me! I am so thankful for all the comments, support and donations! I don’t even know how to thank y’all! I wish I could give each and everyone of you a huge hug! I was trying to respond to everyone but I couldn’t keep up!! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! This is all just so amazing!!!”

“Thank You from the bottom of my heart!!” he said.

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  •  At the age of 20 he's much better off (11+ / 0-)

    without them, and living with a better sort of people.

    Suddenly, maybe for the first time in his life, he's being surrounded with support. I hope he leaves those dna sources far behind and never looks back.

    Also diaried and discussed here:

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

    by Bob Love on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 04:36:55 PM PDT

  •  Left me numb. (7+ / 0-)

    Had a crazy southern brain damaged alcoholic father. Hearing this guy go off made me feel like my father came back from the dead. Daniel will look back on this, I predict, and be grateful that he survived these shitheads.

    Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

    by RhodeIslandAspie on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 04:46:08 PM PDT

    •  now if he can just move on nt (2+ / 0-)
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      RhodeIslandAspie, blueoasis
      •  Took me a half a century to get a handle on things (3+ / 0-)
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        mookins, Lujane, blueoasis

        Hope things work out quicker for him. BTW, I'm straight, but I got called faggot and queer all the time by old man for not being a real guy and coming home with blood on my fists. Terrorized the family until I kicked his behind. Seems to be a Southern things. Pat Conroy gets into it in his novels. Bill Clinton talked about the same things in his family. Your not a man until you kick your fathers butt.

        Glad I was born in the USA and not the old Confederacy. Unfortunately I had a rather reconstructed father.

        Daniel is young, gay, and quite possibly gifted, and has had the privilege, even if doesn't quite appreciate it yet, to have been cast out of hell.

        Daniel, there's a world for you out there. Go and grab it.

        With apologies to the late Nina Simone for appropriating  her thoughts from the song "Young, Gifted, and Black" later popularized by Aretha Franklin.

        Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

        by RhodeIslandAspie on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 07:22:40 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks (3+ / 0-)
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    Deja, Lujane, blueoasis

    Saw the video  and I was shocked and sad that his family would treat him like this, he is better off without his family believing that they could intervene and just wash away his gay like a treatable stain.

  •  Can you imagine holidays with that bunch? (4+ / 0-)

    the horror!

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 05:01:56 PM PDT

  •  That was disturbing. (5+ / 0-)

    The only reassuring part of it was his ability to refute all their bullshit in the beginning, and the fact that he seemed pretty done with them even before the physical attack. He's incredibly smart, or at least seems it, and he'll do much better without them.

    As for the family? Fuck 'em, they can all go jump off a bridge. I doubt they can stop being bigoted, destructive assholes. Yes bigotry, unlike sexuality, is a choice to a certain extent. But I don't think they're ever going to open their eyes and realize just what they've done, because they think they have a deity in their corner. They've convinced themselves this deity shares their hateful opinions and wants them to hurt people.

  •  Not smart enough to understand compassion.. (3+ / 0-)

    would describe that family. There is a level of intelligence required to grasp the idea of compassion, humility towards ones own concepts and the extension of freedom to others, even if you think they are nuts. They dont have it. They need to stew in their own ignorant juices without him, and see if they can survive. I think they have leaned on his intelligence for too long, and the fear comes from not having him around and having to share his brightness.

    I dont think there is enough brainpower there to light an LED puck light, and so, the young man needs to find a new family. He will find one. He is the bright star in that group.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 05:38:06 PM PDT

  •  no surprise as the family felt he was damning (2+ / 0-)

    his soul to hell so they planned an intervention.  My question is who was doing the intervention because I suspect that the intervention was coordinated by one of those discredited Christian groups who try to "pray away the gay".  Yeh, the same folks whose "therapy" often causes more harm than good and that harm can persist for years after the event.

    OTOH no surprise as I discovered today that it is illegal to burn and urinate on a Bible, at least in AZ

    Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident

    But Pochoda, who was not familiar with the charge cited, said courts have upheld laws that bar symbols like crosses from being burned.

    OK I get burning a cross being outlawed as it was a Klan symbol but it is against the law in AZ to burn a symbol?

    •  Not sure how well that will go over. Would have (0+ / 0-)

      been smarter to charge him with burning something without a burn permit.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 06:55:55 PM PDT

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    •  This is why ex-gay "therapy" is harmful (2+ / 0-)
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      They're not aiming their message at gay people. They're aiming it at the families of gay people in order to create just this sort of ugly "intervention".

      “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon Baines Johnson

      by spacecadet1 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 09:40:17 PM PDT

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  •  flashback (5+ / 0-)

    This happend to me when I turned 17. I had to live with friends the rest of my junior and all senior year (ended up leaving high school and getting a GED). My super fundie Christian family reacted the same way and it wrecked havoc on my head. I went to counslers and even their own pastor who said I was fine (enraging them). Ended up becoming an adult a bit early and had an apartment at 18.

    Nowadays we get along but pretend like it never happened. Took until I was 19-20 before they let me stay over or visit. Had that never happened my life may have turned out a bit different.

    This is why people think religion is such a diease.

  •  It's good he got out of there. (3+ / 0-)

    And it's great that so many people stepped up to help him.  

    It's weird when I can read an article that simultaneously has me feeling less and more faith in humanity.

  •  Most Disturbing Were His Stepmother's Comments (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    Wow.....she just turned vicious @ one point.  No one, especially Daniel, needs that kind of toxicity & judgment
    in their lives.

    He'll have that fresh start now thanks to all the encouragement & donations to start his new life.  A break from his family seems healthy & really needed.

    A cooling off period is badly needed in that group.  Surprised his grandmother jumped on the bandwagon....usually grandchildren have that special spot in Grandma's heart.  


  •  Hateful Southern "Christians" (0+ / 0-)

    and they're the worst.  Didn't the woman start out by saying he'd been 'this way since he was little?'  So I guess it was a "choice" by him when he was a tot?  Bunch of ignorant fundamentalist bullshit.  I hope their hate eats through them, the miserable bastards.

  •  I'm going to play devil's advocate here (0+ / 0-)

    1. Is it really "disowning" to tell a 20-year old man that he needs to move out of the house?

    2. Does anyone else feel like these were some well-worn arguments and he probably knew exactly what kind of reaction he was baiting his POS abusive stepmother into?

    3. Contrary to all of the headlines I'm seeing on Google, only the stepmother assaulted him, not the whole family. And he was hitting her back (which I don't blame him for). You can't see what is happening, but you only hear the dad  get involved after the fight starts and it ends immediately after he gets involved, so it's clear to me that he was stopping the fight, not participating in an attack on his son.

    4. I feel like this was the kind of thing that a family could come back from IF NOT for the fact that the son recorded it and baited the worst reaction he knew he could get, and posted it online. And if he's done this now, it makes me wonder what the family has been dealing with for the past several years that has nothing to do with him being gay, but perhaps just being a teenager. His dad makes reference to being humiliated on Facebook, so has this kind of thing happened before? Was that also due to his family being bigoted or is this young man kind of manipulative and selfish? He does actually twist his grandmother's words in the video, when she says he needs to support himself and he says "So you're disowning me," then he doesn't give her a chance to speak again. And his stepmom accuses him of "always twisting everyone's words." There are a lot of issues here.

    5. The fact that he now has $90K from this incident is no doubt coloring my entire reading of the situation. I feel very cynical toward this grown man who was being (at least initially) politely asked to leave his mom and dad's house (albeit for a shitty bigoted reason that I'm sure his family would have come to regret) and it seems like most of the people who donated money really want to help gay runaways and gay abuse victims and this guy is not a child being abused or kicked out into the streets for being gay. I feel like he's capitalized on people's desire to help children like that.

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