Life was tough enough for a gay teen coming to terms with his sexuality, but unfortunately life became more difficult for 19-year-old Daniel Pierce when he decided to come out to his family. The Georgia teen filmed a "delayed intervention" of his father, grandparents, stepmother and aunt disowning him and accusing him of "making a choice" and choosing his sexuality. The video of the intervention has gone viral and has raised over $90,000 in donations to cover the teen's living expenses.
On Friday night, Pierce spoke out about the confrontation in an interview with NBC affiliate WXIA-TV out of Georgia. He told the station that he had a bad feeling about the delayed intervention and decided to record it as a means of protection. He said, "I thought for myself, for my own protection if something were to happen it would be best to have it on video. I just hit record. I just hit camera and hit record. I just know that I did it for my protection and it kind of all went from there, and the video really speaks for itself."
In the clip, Pierce is heard explaining that he did not choose his sexuality. A woman then 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.”
It was a reaction any person coming out as gay fears and the video received more than 3 million views on YouTube in just a few days after it was posted. It also gain support from Television networks, websites and social media sites around the world. Recording it was one thing, but why did Pierce publish it? He said the purpose was to open eyes and show why people fear coming out.
He told WXIA-TV, "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 video 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. I want to educate people on the issue because it is something going on."
Pierce went on to say that the video wasn't posted for people to attack his family, he just wanted to show them what they lost in disowning him. He is overwhelmed by the entire situation, but is also very appreciative of the support he has received after he opened a gofundme page asking for donations to cover his basic living costs. Pierce told the network that some of the money that has been raised will be donated to LGBT support groups, including "Lost and Found Youth."