This is a story to break your heart: Daniel Ashley Pierce recorded a confrontation with his family. He’s gay, and they disowned him, and kicked him out of the house.
That sounds so calm and straightforward. Listen to the video, though — he’s called a “little piece of shit,” a “damn queer” and a “disgrace.” Their own child, treated with such contempt. There are sounds of a struggle. There is yelling. There are invocations of a righteous god (guess by which side). It’s horrific.
All I could think is how lucky I am. I was always the oddball in my family, and I openly rejected their faith, but I could do that in complete confidence that they would still love me and would never cast me out. I hope my own kids know that they have my support and acceptance of whatever they choose to make their lives happy and worth living.
I have to ask the same question Pierce does.
“What is wrong with you people?” Pierce asks after one bout of physical violence.
“What’s wrong with you?” they scream back.
To throw away the love of your own child over such nonsense as Christianity or homophobia — this is something I simply cannot imagine, and it hurts to even try.