Gay teen rejected by family: I lived in fear of coming out

Mon. September 1, 2014 10:54 AM by

Atlanta, GA - David Pierce, the gay teen who filmed an "intervention" organized by his family to "pray away the gay," says he lived in fear of coming out.

In his first nationally televised interview since his YouTube video went viral – more than 4.6 million views as of Sunday, Pierce said he lived in fear of coming out to his family.

The 19-year-old Georgia college student explained to HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky that he had come out to his parents almost a year ago and that he was aware that his family was preparing to confront him.

In the 5-minute clip, Daniel's grandmother says he's being disowned, his mother physically assaults him and his father calls him a "disgrace."

"It was expected," he said. "There was some suspicious phone calls within the few minutes leading up to it that gave me the impression that that's what was going to happen."

"You mean that there was going to be an ambush of some type?" Pinsky asked.

"I feared something was going to happen."

"Had they been so vocal in their condemnation of you before this?"

"My dad has," Pierce answered."There were indirect comments made [on] the topic in general, but never towards me."

"And so, you knew they were not happy with having a gay young man in their family. Did you ever think about not coming out to them?"

"Oh yes," Pierce replied. "I lived in fear of coming out to them."

A campaign to help Pierce with an initial goal of $2,000 has raised nearly $95,000 in just 3 days.

Pierce said he planned to give a portion of the money back to "the cause."

"I want[ed] to bring awareness to this. That this is still happening. If it saves one kid the misery of what I went through, I will be satisfied," he added. 

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