Gay BYU Students Come Together To Create Inspiring “It Gets Better” Videos
22 GLBT students from Brigham Young University have come together to create a series of videos for Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better’ project. BYU is owned and operated by the highly conservative Church Of Latter-day Saints which has previously donated large sums of money to promote anti-gay legislation including California’s Prop 8.
Students at BYU must adhere to a set of rules or Honor Code which including abstaining from sexual contact. Up until 2007 students could be expelled from school for even discussing their sexual orientation. This rule was amended five years ago.
With over 1,800 GLBT students on campus, BYU is currently dealing with how to maintain their very clear stance against homosexuality and gay marriage without completely alienating an increasingly more vocal and open population of homosexual students. The student body formed it’s first GLBT support group, named Understanding Same-Gender Attraction, in 2010 after officials lifted a ban on advocacy of homosexuality.
Head on over to the BYU It Gets Better page and check out some of the awesome videos. Any gay Mormons out there? What was your coming out experience like?