Gay BYU Students Make ‘It Gets Better’ Video For Mormon Youths
The “It Gets Better” campaign got another supporter this weekend as gay BYU students sent off their video message on Youtube.
The SL Trib reports that the Brigham Young University is consistently ranked as one of the most conservative schools in the country and several LGBT students fear that if they come out they will be kicked out of school. But in recent years, BYU has changed its Honor Code and now allows students to identify themselves as gay without facing a penalty. All students are still expected to refrain from sex until marriage.
Adam White, a gay BYU student, said:
“We’re trying to live it and create new spaces for us to be gay and Mormon and be active in the church… I feel like there’s been a very negative light cast on Mormons when it comes to LGBT issues. You can declare your orientation and be OK with that, and you won’t get kicked out [of BYU]. That recognition is a really big step for a lot of people. It’s given a lot of people hope.”
Here’s the “It Gets Better” video from BYU.
The “It Gets Better” campaign was started by Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller after a string of youth suicides in 2010.