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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Highly-Anticipated J6 Committee Hearing Likely Postponed
Wednesday’s highly-anticipated hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, the first one since July, and possibly the final publicly-televised event, will likely be postponed due to Hurricane Ian which is ravaging Florida.
The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany and Josh Dawsey were the first to report the postponement. MSNBC has confirmed the likely postponement.
No new date has been scheduled yet.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
‘Yes’: GOP Nominee Mastriano Supports Charging Women With Murder if They Have an Abortion After a 6 Week Ban (Audio)
“OK, let’s go back to the basic question there,” Mastriano told Pennsylvania radio station WITF, as NBC News reports. “Is that a human being? Is that a little boy or girl? If it is, it deserves equal protection under the law.”
“Asked if he was saying yes, they should be charged with murder, Mastriano responded: ‘Yes, I am.'”
Mastriano is a conspiracy theorist, election denier, and white Christian nationalist with ties to Gab founder Andrew Torba, an antisemitic Christian nationalist and white supremacist.
Mastriano’s bill would have barred abortions once a so-called “fetal heartbeat” could be detected, NBC News adds, “usually around six weeks,” generally before most women even know they are pregnant.
Mastriano, when confronted, falsely attempted to downplay the ability of a governor to shape laws.
“My views are kind of irrelevant because I cannot rule by fiat or edict or executive order on the issue of life,” Mastriano told the conservative network Real America’s Voice, NBC adds. “It’s up to the people of Pennsylvania. So if Pennsylvanians want exceptions, if they want to limit the number of weeks, it’s going to have to come from your legislative body and then to my desk.”
Mastriano, endorsed by Trump, is facing Democrat Josh Shapiro, who is leading in the polls.
The New York Times reports Mastriano’s campaign is “sputtering,” and says he “is being heavily outspent by his Democratic rival, has had no television ads on the air since May, has chosen not to interact with the state’s news media in ways that would push his agenda, and trails by double digits in reputable public polling and most private surveys.”
Earlier this month Rolling Stone just days before the January 6 insurrection Mastriano “was video taped leading a group in prayer, asking God that the MAGA movement would overthrow the federal government, praying they would ‘seize the power’ and ‘rise up’ on January 6.”
Listen below or at this link:
Wow. NBC obtained a 2019 interview with Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor Doug Mastriano.
Q: Are you saying that a woman who decided to have an abortion [under your proposed bill] should be charged with murder?
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) September 27, 2022
Trump Mocked for ‘Sidelining’ His New $3 Million Attorney: ‘Must Have Given Him Actual Legal Advice’
It’s no secret Donald Trump has been virtually unable to hire highly-respected attorneys to defend him in the many legal and civil cases he is facing for a variety of alleged crimes and misdeeds, including his actions surrounding fraudulent efforts to overturn a free and fair election and the January 6 insurrection, his retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents, and his alleged real estate and tax fraud cases, and more.
Trump did manage to hire what many consider a qualified and respected attorney for his legal issues surrounding his classified documents case.
Chris Kise, the former solicitor general for Florida, agreed to work for Trump but only if he was paid up front.
Thanks to Trump’s massive fundraising operation Kise is being paid millions, effectively by Trump supporters.
Kise is also no longer leading the case.
CNN reports Kise “has been sidelined from the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation less than a month after he was brought on to represent Trump in the matter, two sources familiar with the move tell CNN.”
“Kise’s hiring came with an unusual price tag of $3 million, paid for by Trump’s outside spending arm. The retainer fee, paid upfront, raised eyebrows among other lawyers on Trump’s team, given the former President has a developed a reputation for not paying his legal fees.”
Legal experts are mocking Trump for sidelining his top attorney.
“Obviously this means the lawyer must have given Trump actual legal advice,” teased George Conway.
“Which is just RUDE,” replied attorney Ken White.
MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst and anchor Katie Phang asked, “So Kise is a $3 million dollar benchwarmer?”
“Trump is already throwing over Chris Kise after signing a $3M retainer and convincing him to leave Foley & Lardner? That seems … not smart,” says Liz Dye, who writes about law and politics. “Chaos monkey gonna chaos monkey, I guess.”
Dan Berman, CNN Politics managing editor for legal, immigration, and the Supreme Court serves up the perfect headline: “Trump’s 3 Million Dollar Man is sidelined already.”
LA Times columnist Harry Litman, a frequent guest on MSNBC and a former U.S. Attorney offered perhaps the most amusing response:
“The one credible lawyer that Trump has hired in years, Chris Kise, paying $3M up front, now has been demoted and is no longer leading the MAL defense. Must be Trump’s payback for the fix he’s now in w/ Judge Dearie. He thinks he’s Goldfinger/Dr.No but he’s really Austin Powers.”
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