Nearly 2,150 people pitched in to raise $56,375 in 1 day to help a young gay man who was rejected by his family.

Daniel Pierce of Kennesaw, Georgia filmed on his smartphone an “intervention” organized by his family to “pray away the gay.” A coworker uploaded the video of the disturbing events to YouTube.

In the 5-minute clip, Daniel's grandmother says he's being disowned, his mother physically assaults him and his father calls him a “disgrace.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library more videos.)

According to gay glossy The Advocate, Daniel has moved out of the house and is living with his aunt in Atlanta.

The plea for financial help was made by Daniel's boyfriend, who asked for $2,000 to help the teen on

Daniel said he was overwhelmed by the response.

“I am so thankful for all the comments, support and donations,” he wrote on the page. “This is all just so amazing!!!”