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Brigham Young students reach out to young, gay Mormons: ‘It Gets Better’

Saturday, April 7, 2012

LGBT students and straight allies at Utah’s Brigham Young University on Friday released an “It Gets Better” video, adding their voice to the tens of thousands of video messages aimed at preventing depression and suicide among gay youth.

The video, produced by Kendall Wilcox, a gay former Brigham Young University employee, includes several LGBT students discussing the conflict they felt about being gay and Mormon, and how they considered suicide because they couldn’t reconcile their sexual orientation with their faith.

In fact, the video includes some startling statistics: that there are more than 1,800 LGBT students at BYU; 74 percent of LGBT students at BYU have contemplated suicide; and 24 percent have attempted suicide.

Watch:

BYU, which is owned by the Mormon church, is consistently ranked as one of the most unfriendly campuses for LGBT students in the U.S.

In 2007, the BYU Honor Code began allowing LGBT students to openly state their sexual orientation with facing sanctions or expulsion, so long as they avoid physical intimacy with members of the same-sex.

In 2010, the Honor Code changed again to allow for LGBT advocacy.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. F*ck Brigham Young.

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2:51pm
  2. Progress is sometimes achieved with baby steps. Don’t be cursing BYU, as they ARE starting to change.

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2:57pm
  3. Seriously, watch this video!

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 3:05pm
  4. Whateves. They can suck it. I’m tired of waiting for people playing catch up.

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 3:12pm
  5. Oooo… i want to reach out to young gay mormons…lol

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 3:15pm
  6. How supportive.

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 3:18pm
  7. Wow people you sound no better than them….. I know its hard, believe me I grew up in nowhere NM in a mormon community but they should be pitied not hated. Erase hate isn’t that what we as a community say? I am gay and proud and someday this won’t even be an issue. We have made huge steps in progress so smile at them and feel bad that they think its wrong to be gay.

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 3:43pm
  8. What beautiful young people! Great message! <3 maria <3

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 4:23pm
  9. And to think… They still won’t let trannies in the temple.

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 5:32pm
  10. This was wonderful…I actually started to cry.

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 5:44pm
  11. wow i dont believe this is their true stance b/c Schaerr and Wallace, 2 mormon women in Maryland r getting 200000 signatures to go against the marriage equality law there in Nov. before they sign it into law,as usual the widely differing points of view of mormons is laughable b/c they claim that their religion is “the same as it was then, as it is now, and as it will be” lmao

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 6:23pm
  12. This is what members who are ultimately good people say. As a former member, I say supportive people rock! On the other hand, I do not understand the blind followers who recognize the church’s false teachings on this subject who stay members and pay tithing of which some funds go to fighting equality!

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 6:55pm
  13. Attractive, pro-active bunch. Glad to hear things are getting better.

    Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8:03pm