Internet uses powers for good; raises nearly 100k for disowned gay teenager.

There’s a lot of shitty stuff in the news lately. So when a story like this makes its way into the spotlight, it’s a massive breath of fresh air.

If you’re not familiar with the story – a few days ago,  Georgia teen Daniel Pierce came out to his parents. He secretly filmed the encounter – and it was pretty horrible stuff. His family reacted in a relentlessly abusive way – just verbally at first, and then physically.

You can watch it below, but fair warning – it’s not exactly a pleasant experience.

The video was uploaded to YouTube, and found itself going viral quite quickly. People around the world reacted with shock, and empathy – and rightfully so.

What happened next is bound to warm even the most cynical of hearts.

Now technically homeless, and crashing at a friends, it was Pierce’s boyfriend who turned to the internet for help, launching a campaign on GoFundMe to help with living expenses. The campaign was shared on Reddit, and within days the total amount of money raised had exceeded $90,000.

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Later, Pierce took to Facebook to comment on what had happened:

“What a day…. i thought that waking up at 9:48 and being 15 mins late to work was going to be the biggest problem today. but i didn’t know that my biggest problem was going to be getting disowned and kicked out of my home of almost twenty years. to add insult to injury my step mother punched me in the face repeatedly with my grandmother cheering her along…

…I am still in complete shock and disbelief. the video i posted a few hours ago will give you a small bit of what i went through. i am sure y’all can guess who is who. Thanks to Teri, Regina and my boyfriend david for coming to rescue me. and thanks to everyone else who is sending their support!”

Pierce has stated his intention to donate some of the money raised to helping young LGBT people.

If you need someone to talk to, you can contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. Other great resources include Twenty10, a community-based not-for-profit that provides a safe-space for gender-diverse teens, and the It Gets Better project.

WORDS: HARRISON CARTWRIGHT

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Story via 9 News.

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