A year after going through hell, this gay teen has turned his life around
A year after a video of this gay teen being thrown out of his home by his family went viral, he says he has completely turned things around.
On coming out, he was hit, shouted at and told he must move out. He said he was called a “damned queer” and a “piece of shit”.
The video was viewed by millions of people, and sparked a crowdfunding campaign raising money to support Pierce.
Now, Pierce says: “I feel like I’m talking about someone else. I feel like I saw this on the news about someone else.”
Speaking of his experiences, Daniel says he got his own apartment using money generously donated through a GoFundMe campaign.
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He got himself a job at a law firm in Atlanta, and got his own health insurance, after his family cancelled his.
In addition, he donated thousands to Lost-n-Found Youth, a homeless shelter for LGBT young people of which he is now on the board of directors.
“We got a huge wave of kids because gay marriage got passed, and they had the guts to come out. They told their family,” he said.
“That night I lost five family members. I gained hundreds of thousands of people that are just like ’we love you.’ People I will never meet.”
The original video of the incident is available to view below.