Thursday, August 28, 2014

Son comes out to family, gets physically abused and disowned

Very sad story. A young Georgia man comes out to his family - probably one of the most vulnerable moments in his life.

From the clip description, Daniel was given two choices - attend a "pray the gay away" intervention or be disowned by his family.  The discussion quickly escalates to shouting and then physical abuse.

It's tough to listen to but this is how coming out can go for some folks. And it's hideous. From the grandmother:

“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, and do what you want to. ‘Cause I will not let people believe that I condone what you do.”
I do encourage everyone to listen and hear the bile in his family's voices. It's important to understand the hate young people coming out can face. Then, please share this link.  If you ever wondered why LGBT advocates raise their voices, here you go.

A post on Reddit by someone who says they are his boyfriend wrote this:

Bros, my boyfriend got kicked out of his home and disowned yesterday. It's been a really traumatic experience for him, and I feel so terrible and angry that this happened.
Fortunately, he's living with a friend for now. Seems like he can be there long-term until he's able to support himself.
I'm so sad that so many people have to go something like this. For any of you that have, what's the best way I can support him?

A fundraiser has been set up to help Daniel get on his feet since he was kicked out of his home.

Thinking best thoughts for Daniel. Please do the same.

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