Last night on HLN’s “Dr. Drew” show, one panelist says he showed the viral video of a Georgia 20-year old coming out to his homophobic, religious parents, and it saved a life of an LGBT youth.
After more than 2.2 million views in less than two full days, a video made byÂ Daniel Ashley Pierce has gone viral. That five-minute video is the culmination of a Christian family’s homophobia, and the night they chose to unleash it on their 19 or 20-year old son, Daniel, after his several coming out attempts.Â
“Daniel, I want to tell you before I say anything else, that I love you.”
Probably every LGBT child of deeply religious parents has heard that line when they tried to come out, or one similar, before.Â
And they’ve likely heard what comes next.
“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.”
“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.”
That’s what Daniel heard this week, as he secretly recorded the tail end of his coming out conversation with his family.Â
And then the verbal abuse.
“Son of a bitch.”Â
“A little piece of shit.”
And then the physical abuse.
Not all religious families are like this. Those who truly follow the word of whatever God they pray to shouldn’t be, since religions, or most of them, are supposed to be about love. And hopefully, the vast, vast majority of religious familiesÂ are not like this. But 40 percent of America’s 1.8 to 2.6 million homeless teen population is LGBT, and there’s a reason for that.
Daniel put the video on his Facebook page. A friend posted it to YouTube. His boyfriend posted it to Reddit.
Dan Savage and many others posted it their sites.
A GoFundMe page was set up for Daniel. It now stands with over $65,000 from about 2500 generous and caring people.
And Dr. Drew talked to Daniel last night.
Below, two clips of the conversation, with Dr. Drew, Daniel, and a man we assume is Daniel’s boyfriend, David. (The names seem to have been switched.) And, of course, Dr. Drew’s panelists, includingÂ Karamo Brown.
“I work with LGBT youth daily,” Brown says at the end of the segment. “As an LGBT man, I’m going to let you now today I showed your story and your video to kids, and you did save someone’s life. You’re my hero — keep up that courage. You’re doing great work.”
It’s important to note that there are others doing great work too. When Daniel was disowned by his family, through a friend he turned to the folks at Lost N Found Youth, who work with LGBT youth to help them into permanent housing. They were able to help Daniel, guide him, and offer him support he needed. Via email they tell The New Civil Rights MovementÂ “Lost N Found and it’s legal resources are helping to set up a trust fund for him.”
Here’s part one of the Dr. Drew segment:
Here’s part two:
Here’s the full video for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
Please remember, if you are an LGBT child or teen in need of help, theÂ National Runaway SwitchboardÂ atÂ 1-800-RUNAWAY can help you. The Ali Forney Center has aÂ local and national LGBTÂ youth online resource guide. In the Atlanta, Georgia areaÂ Lost-n-Found YouthÂ serves LGBT homeless youth. They’re also onÂ Facebook.
Image via Facebook andÂ used with permission.
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Watch: Merrick Garland Calls Trump’s Bluff, Strikes Back at MAGA World’s False Claims in Mar-a-Lago Raid
Attorney General Merrick Garland in an exceptionally rare public statement told the American people Thursday afternoon that he personally approved the search warrant used to enter Mar-a-Lago and confiscate the 10 to 12 cartons of federal government property, which reportedly included classified documents. He also called Donald Trump’s bluff, announcing he has asked a federal court to unseal the search warrant, which will allow the public to know what laws DOJ believes he has violated.
Noting that Donald Trump made public the raid on Mar-a-Lago and the Dept. of Justice did not, Garland cited “the substantial public interest in this matter,” in announcing his move to have the documents unsealed.
“The department did not make any public statements on the day of the search,” Garland stated. “The former president publicly confirmed the search that evening, as is his right. Copies of both the warrant and the FBI property receipt were provided on the day of the search to the former president’s counsel, who was on site during the search.”
That statement refutes the false claims made by many on the right that FBI agents refused to hand over the search warrant or inventory list.
“The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause, the property receipt is a document that federal law requires law enforcement agents to leave with the property owner,” he added, making clear that a federal judge did agree there was probably cause to execute a search.
“Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly, without fear or favor, under my watch that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing. All Americans are entitled to the even handed application of the law, to due process of the law and to the presumption of innocence.”
“I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland announced, which was largely assumed.
Merrick Garland: “First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter. Second, the department does not take such a decision lightly.” pic.twitter.com/q6h0BbNBrY
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 11, 2022
Garland also responded to the growing chorus of far right wing extremists, pundits, and even and GOP lawmakers who are attacking DOJ.
“Let me address recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors. I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants every day. They protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their safety, while safeguarding our civil rights. They do so at great personal sacrifice and risk to themselves. I am honored to work alongside them. This is all I can say right now.”
Watch Live: Attorney General Merrick Garland to Make a Statement This Afternoon
Attorney General Merrick Garland will deliver a statement Thursday afternoon at 2;30 PM ET, the Dept. of Justice has announced.
The subject of his address was not included. A gunman threatened and attacked an FBI Field Office in Ohio earlier Thursday, and the far right and Republicans have been outraged over the execution of a search warrant by the FBI Monday at Mar-a-Lago, which resulted in the confiscation of classified materials and federal government property.
Watch live below.
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Nearly Half the Country Supports FBI Mar-a-Lago Search – Only Republicans Are Opposed, New Poll Shows
Americans on the right are so outraged the FBI, having probable cause and a federal judge’s signature on a legal and valid search warrant, showed up at Mar-a-Lago Monday to confiscate what we now know were between ten and 12 cartons of federal government property, including classified documents.
Trump supporters upon hearing the news almost immediately began calling for civil war, with right wing media including Fox News and other far right outlets reinforcing those attacks.
But a brand new poll just released finds that, as with most issues, Republicans stand alone in their opposition and outrage.
“Just about half of registered voters approve of the FBI search of Trump’s Florida compound,” reveals Politico’s Morning Consult polling, published Thursday afternoon.
Specifically, 49 percent of registered voters support the raid. 37 percent, slightly more than one-third, oppose it, and 13% don’t know.
But the political breakdown reveals what many would expect.
84% of Democrats support the FBI’s execution of the search warrant on the former president’s home.
47% of independents also support the raid, with just 33% opposed.
But a whopping 72% of Republicans are opposed to the FBI’s actions, and just 15% are in support.
The Morning Consult poll also finds that a “majority of voters believe Trump either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ broke the law while he was president.”
That includes 90% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 24% of Republicans.
We’ve got an exclusive snap poll with Morning Consult that was conducted on Wednesday with some early reaction to the FBI’s search of DONALD TRUMP’s Mar-a-Lago compound. See the findings in today’s Playbook PM: https://t.co/WG3q4dEL7X pic.twitter.com/HS57ErPw9q
— POLITICO Playbook (@playbookdc) August 11, 2022
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