Last week, we watched in disbelief and heartbreak as 19-year-old Daniel Ashley Pierce’s Christian family disowned the gay teen and beat him after a forced family “intervention” because they disapproved of his homosexuality.
Daniel thanked his supporters for their generosity and decided to ask people to stop donating to his fund and instead donate to an organization called Lost N’Found, which is currently renovating a building to serve as a homeless shelter for LGBT youth.
To date, the organization has received around $10,000 thanks to Daniel’s post and plans to open in spring of 2015, according to DailyKos.
It’s important for all of you to know that right now, what I need most is time to think and work through the next steps in my life. I have been working closely with Atlanta-based Lost-n-Found Youth to help figure out what’s next for me. Right now, I’m safe and definitely feel your love all around me. Thank you!
I’ve asked my friends to discontinue donations to the GoFundMe page, but if you would still like to give money and help the LGBTQ youth homeless crisis, please visit the Lost-n-Found Youth website at www.Lost-n-Found.org for more information on how you can make a difference for the many other kids in the world like me.
Watch Daniel’s heartbreaking video below: