09/04/2014 05:04 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Can Money Solve a Bad Coming Out?


Probably not, but maybe it can help?

You may have heard of Daniel Ashley Pierce, the 20-year old Georgian from the YouTube video "How not to react when your child tells you that he's gay." This is a coming-out that you wouldn't want to experience. It takes bravery to come out, and daring to share an experience like this on the internet. You can see that Pierce does have guts when he fires back at his dogmatic family with "scientific proof trumps the word of god."

In an email to The Huffington Post, Pierce said he "wanted to make sure there was evidence in case something happened." A valid concern, once you see this family. His Facebook would also reveal that he was kicked out of his home after the intervention (and that he was late for work). Pierce however has not pressed any charges with this video "evidence", and doesn't seem to want to.

Taking to YouTube and Facebook guaranteed Pierce more than "evidence" though. Social media generated public awareness which turned into cold hard cash. On August 28th, Pierce's boyfriend had the bright idea to start a GoFundMe campaign for Pierce's "living expenses." A GoFundMe that Pierce stated he didn't know was being set up for him. However, Pierce would take ownership of the GoFundMe campaign, and make a series of six written updates (as of this post).

In less than a week, the GoFundMe has raised nearly $100,000 for Daniel Pierce's "living expenses." On September 1st, Pierce requested on GoFundMe for his "friends" to cease their donations. Pierce also asked for "quiet" so he might "plan" his future. Maybe he should "plan" a relaxing vacation with that boyfriend? Notably, Pierce intends to donate an undisclosed amount for LGBT youth.

Daniel Pierce's bravery touched many. After-all, his story garnered over 3.5k donations. We hope the best for Pierce and other youth in his situation. Assumedly, that cash will come in handy for him though.

One thing is for sure; money makes the world go round. Or was that gravity?