Students at Brigham Young University filmed an ‘It Gets Better’ YouTube video and spoke out about the increasing understanding of homosexuals within the Mormon Church. Members of the Understanding Same-Gender Attraction Group talked about when they first realized they were gay and how others reacted to it.
“I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘Andy, I think you might be gay,’” one of the featured speakers in the video said.
There are gay men, lesbians and a bisexual person featured in the video whose message is that even at BYU, it does get better. While current policies on campus ban all homosexual activity, it is no longer against honor code policy to be gay. Recent movements on the campus have brought an extended light to the existence of gays and lesbians on campus. There have been more support group meetings and panel discussions open to students.
There more than 1,500 LGBT students on campus, the video said.
“I felt really alone and thought, ‘God doesn’t love me because he doesn’t love gay people,’” another video presenter said.
Calling on other young, gay Mormons to not lose their motivation in living and striving, the video presenters acknowledged the immutable characteristics of homosexuality.
“I would ask God if I read my scriptures every day, and I pray every day, would you please make me straight? Nonetheless, it never went away,” one of the speakers said.
BYU’s USGA is an unofficial group of students, faculty and friends who wish to strengthen families and the BYU community by providing a place for open, respectful discussions. To watch the YouTube video, go to bit.ly/HVfD5s.