A recently released YouTube video has surfaced showing family members physically and verbally abusing their son when he tells them he’s gay. The video (below) was posted to reddit yesterday by user rhythymknight, who is the boyfriend of the young man in the video.
The conversation starts with the man’s mother telling him she loves him. She says she’s known he was gay “since he was a very young boy.” The man uses that confession from his mother to reiterate that, if it’s clear he’s been gay since he was a young child, it must not have been a choice for him. Things go downhill from there.
The conversation gets more aggressive over the next several minutes. The parents tell the man that, because of their religious beliefs, they no longer want him living in their house. Next, the family members start talking about how the man was raised. They say no one raised him this way. The conversation then escalates into yelling as a family member tells the man he’s “full of sh*t.”
“You know you weren’t born that way,” the woman yells. “You know damn good and well you made that choice.”
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The woman then gets up and starts hitting the man. He screams “get off of me” but the hitting continues. Moments later another person, presumably the man’s father, starts yelling and calls him “a f****** queer.”
The video ends with the father calling his son a disgrace.
“You are [a disgrace],” he says. “Unfortunately, I’m sorry to say, you are.”
Here’s the footage:
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The man in the video has received an outpouring of support since the video was posted. An anonymous person set up a GoFundMe campaign to help fund his living expenses since he is being kicked out of his house. The campaign sought to raise $2,000, but has already raised almost $4,000.