Seth Rogen blasts Ray Rice and NFL on domestic violence

Actor Seth Rogen isn’t shy when it comes to his feelings on controversial NFL star Ray Rice.

From ET:

After video surfaced Monday on TMZ of the alleged moment Rice punched his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Palmer in the face, knocking her to the floor of an elevator and rendering her unconscious, the This Is The End star blasted Rice on Twitter.

Georgia: Young man who experienced physical abuse in coming out to family shares with Dr. Drew

Daniel Ashley Pierce, whose coming out to his family turned into physical abuse resulting in his being “disowned” and thrown out of his home, was interviewed via phone by Dr. Drew Pinsky on HLN today.

Pierce was asked about his outlook at life having experienced both the ugliness of his family’s reaction and the widespread positive support he’s received, in part through a GoFundMe campaign set up by his boyfriend to help him get on his feet.

Via the Advocate:

“I am so overwhelmed with joy,” Pierce told the panelists of the massive outpouring of support sparked by the video’s viral fame. “I am very blessed to have all of the comments and the messages and everything that everyone has done — the donations, all of that — has been a big surprise. It’s helping me get through the day.”

“I want to give a portion of it back to the cause,” Pierce said. “I’m going to get actively involved with as many organizations as I can. My main focus with the video was … I want to bring awareness that this is still happening. If it saves one kid the misery of what I went through, I will be satisfied.”

At this writing, the GoFundMe campaign – originally set up with a goal of $2,000 has raised more than $80,000. Pierce says he plans to use part of the funds to help other LGBT youth.

20 year old Georgia man finds physical abuse in coming out to family, but kindness from strangers

I’m updating this post from yesterday when I reported on a 20 year-old man in Georgia who found verbal and physical abuse in coming out to his family.

The good news appears to be that good-hearted strangers are opening their wallets to help young Daniel Ashley Pierce avoid being homeless with a GoFundMe campaign that, at this writing, has raised over $63K.

The story began with the posting of a video made by Daniel as he tried to address coming out to his family.

On Facebook, Daniel Ashley Pierce posted this yesterday:

“What a day…. i thought that waking up at 9:48 and being 15 mins late to work was going to be the biggest problem today. but i didn’t know that my biggest problem was going to be getting disowned and kicked out of my home of almost twenty years. to add insult to injury my step mother punched me in the face repeatedly with my grandmother cheering her along. i am still in complete shock and disbelief….”

Daniel added to the original Facebook video thread “Physically i am okay my step mother did a number on my face and lip but its not worth me worrying about.”

Daniel’s family has not contacted the media, but Daniel does share that his family asked that he take down the video that captures their repugnant behavior.  I hope the video stays on the internet forever to remind folks of the dangers and hideous behavior that can be inflicted on youth as they deal with who they are.

I’m glad to see that Daniel is now in safe quarters with supportive family and friends.

There are thousands of “at-risk” homeless LGBT youth who are out in the cold without support because of similar experiences in coming out.  As I celebrate the internet’s fantastic support of Daniel, I do ask that if you are moved by this story, to remember shelters like the fantastic Ali Forney Center in NYC which helps over 1,000 young people a year if and when you have a few dollars to donate.

Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son says he was abused

A new development in the child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky.

The same day jury deliberations began, this bombshell:

WJLA: “Another accuser comes forward: Sandusky’s s own adopted son!”

ABC: “Sandusky’s adopted son signaled to the prosecutor that he was molested too. The jury will not hear this allegation.”

Multiple reports say the adopted son of the embattled former Penn State football coach had been prepared to testify against his father. The Patriot-News’s Sara Ganim reports, Matt Sandusky, who the Sandusky’s adopted as an adult, told prosecutors this week he was molested by the former coach. Ganim told CNN’s John King it isn’t yet clear why Matt didn’t end up testifying.

“Matt Sandusky has been denying that he was a victim in any way of Jerry Sandusky for many, many months. Actually almost a year. Now, he was 18 already when he was adopted but he had been a foster child in the Sandusky home for a couple of years at that point.”

Ganim points out, despite Matt’s past denials, his biological mother testified in early 2011 before a grand jury that she witnessed strange behavior between her son and Sandusky. In fact, Ganim reports, Matt’s biological mother Debra Long first began raising concerns about the coach in 1996 when the Sandusky’s brought her son into foster care.

It isn’t entirely clear why Matt Sandusky never ended up testifying, but ABC’s Jim Avila suggests it might have something to do with the fact Jerry Sandusky didn’t testify in his own trial Wednesday.

“Sources familiar with the case tell ABC News Matt was waiting in the wings in case Sandusky decided to testify. And then could be used as a rebuttal witness.”

But as shocking as the latest might be, NBC reports, it won’t affect THIS trial.

“None of this is known to the jury. The news broke after final arguments and deliberations began. … During the trial jurors heard wrenching testimony from eight alleged victims who described being sexually abused by Sandusky…”

But CNN notes, the allegation could lead to additional charges, including incest.

Jerry Sandusky has pleaded not guilty to the child sex abuse charges against him.