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Gay Mormon Students At Brigham Young University Want U To Know…IT GETS BETTER!

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Since it's Easter Sunday and all, we figured we'd help spread an inspiring message of peace, love, and hope from out and proud Mormon students at Brigham Young University.

Understanding Same-Gender Attraction, an unofficial group of the conservative school, wants U to know that IT GETS BETTER!

It is no secret that homosexuality conflicts with some beliefs taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, but these students want the world to know that it's okay to practice your faith, while embracing your sexuality!

If God created all life, then God created gay people. Religious members of the LGBT community struggle with their faith and sexuality every day, but these students can promise it's okay to be true to both.

Gay or straight, believer or atheist, we'd like to ask all of our readers to watch the video above this Easter and spread the message that IT GETS BETTER!

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35 comments to “Gay Mormon Students At Brigham Young University Want U To Know…IT GETS BETTER!”



  1. 1

    Until they get kicked out of BYU.



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    It is real true that God created all life.



  3. 3

    It is true that God created all life.



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    I did not know it was ok to be gay and go to BYU…..Good to know



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    The fact that Mormons are against gays is proof enough that being gay is a good thing. Mormons believe Jesus walked around America a couple hundred years ago, that you can baptize the dead even against their will, that there's magic underwear, etc. No coincidence that "mormon" is one letter away from "moron."

  6. AC says – reply to this


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    Hmm…
    BYU's sudden 'tolerance" of 'same-sex attracted' students just happens to coincide with Mitt Romney running for president. They wouldn't do that just to deflect criticism of their church being anti-gay now would they?

    In order to not be ex-communicated from the Mormon Church, these 'same-sex attracted' students have to remain celibate for life, because gay affection & sex are still considered 'immoral' and 'abominations' and sin.

    I don't know how to read this. Is this just another piece of shameless, politically motivated, "And I'm a Mormon" self promotion by the LDS church OR Is this a group of very brave gay kids taking the opportunity to come out and change the LDS Church's position when the church CAN'T take action against them because it would ruin Romney's chances this election year?

  7. ERIN says – reply to this


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    Re: JasonDiggy – AMEN

  8. merryann33 says – reply to this


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    JasonDiggy, blasting anyone for their religious beliefs is just ignorant and cruel. One could make the same claim that believing eating a wafer and drinking grape juice transforms those matters into literal blood and body is equally ridiculous. There are plenty of religions and mentalities that scorn homosexual and bisexuality. This social discrimination goes WAY beyond religious, ethnic, socio-economic borders. Hate is hate. Intolerance is intolerance. And, quite ironically, love and acceptance are love and acceptance. Slinging slime at any group or denomination is just as hateful as condemning someone for being gay.

  9. E says – reply to this


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    Thanks for sharing perez. but, I don't go to this school.
    Aaand…it sounds a lot like Alienation. But, whatever. Personally I know, (Because I used to go to the church) and mormons are ALL ABOUT procreation of families, man, woman, and children. and they believe mormon families are forever.



  10. 10

    I think it is so silly when people use religion to condemn those who are different. I thought Jesus loved you, no matter what.
    Then again, I'm not religious and think the whole concept of a higher power is just silly.



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    I have read about the mormon religion and it sounds NUTS. These people love their religion or they wouldn't be going to BYU. So if in 2007 they decided to calm down on their bigotry. I am all for it. 1 thing bothers me about the above the girl that aid she "died inside" everytime her boyfriend kissed her? Really? Dramatic and inauthentic.



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    Re: bree311 – You're right - Jesus loves all of us. Our parents love us too but that doesn't mean that they won't punish us when we do things they say are wrong. I'm a very liberal Christian and I happen to believe that God created all of us and loves all of us, but that he also set rules for all of us to follow ie: no killing, no stealing, no adultery, etc. God created gays & straights & loves us all and the liberal interpretation of the Bible is that it's fine to be gay; but not fine to have sex with someone of the same gender. Just some food for thought re: the "higher power is just silly" comment: consider a quote from Albert Einstein (just interesting to think about): "In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. I'm not an atheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God."



  13. 13

    How can you be gay and a Mormon? That is just hypocrisy right there. Mormons are one of the most judgmental religions out there. Especially against homosexuality.

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    Re: Meggie246524

    Meggie wrote: "God created gays & straights & loves us all and the liberal interpretation of the Bible is that it's fine to be gay; but not fine to have sex with someone of the same gender."

    Say's who? Your invisible magic man in the sky? Saying "it's fine to be gay but you can't have sex" is like saying "It's fine to love gawd, but you can't pray or worship him" Utter bollocks.

    Oh and your long winded Einstein quote? He was saying the god question is unanswerable/unknowable, so why waste your time.



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    God may have created life originally (and even that can be debated) however it's simple science that's allowed us to reproduce. But lets play your game. If God created all life then that means that he also created Aids. It means that he created Cancer. It means that he created pedophiles, rapists and murderers. This means that either God allowed these things or that things can occur that God did not intend to occur. Mistakes. Like homosexuality.



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    Thanks, Perez. And Happy Easter! Rock on.



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    Re: Meggie246524
    Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.
    —Charlotte Bronte

  18. emwil says – reply to this


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    The problem, Perez, is that these BYU students aren't embracing their sexuality. They are simply stating that they are attracted to the same sex. The Mormon church teaches that those individuals who are born gay were born with a trial, like someone who was born with physical/mental handicaps. If these kids are choosing to stay within the Mormon church and be fully active members, who is to say that they don't buy into that garbage of an idea? It's brave of them to speak out, yes, but there is a lot more that lies behind this video that I think most people are aware of.

  19. emwil says – reply to this


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    …and it's true what was said earlier; if these kids choose to stay fully active Mormons, then they have to choose a life as a single, celibate individual, or they have to set aside an authentic life and marry heterosexually, which happens a lot within the Mormon church.



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    it's really sad that so many people have to struggle with their identity because of a bunch of delusional people who think some fictional book that was written 2000 years ago is real



  21. 21

    Re: Meggie246524 – How can you possibly believe that God created homosexuals, which by definition means they are attracted to the same sex, if they weren't intended to act on these feelings? Sex isn't just a physical act, it's the purest expression of love and passion two people can have with each other, which you don't seem to take into consideration. You need to seriously step away from the situation and think about it clearly. We are only given one life on this earth and we ALL have the right to live that life to the fullest. The idea that you think it's perfectly satisfactory to go though life as a homosexual who abstains from sex out of fear that their god will punish them because of the way he created them is so self centered. What if it was you who was born a homosexual? Since you believe god creates us that way, it would be out of your control. Would you seriously be okay with abstaining from sex for your whole life? The idea that it's okay for you to have sex with someone and not okay for me just because of what body part someone has between their legs is not a 'liberal Christian' thought, it's a primitive one.

    You have always treated everyone with respect and an open mind, so I was very surprised by your post. I think you should seriously reconsider your view on homosexuality and what sex really means. Sorry for retaliating in such a fierce way, but I was very offended with the lack of empathy and rationality of your words.



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    Re: merryann33 – Everyone's beliefs are subject to scrutiny because they are just that- beliefs. No one here gets immunity just because they believe in something they feel is superior to everyone else. Everyone seems to walk around on egg shells around other peoples' religions and maybe that is why there's so much hypocrisy in religion today. I respect you and your right to practice any religion or worship any god you see fit, but you do not get immunity because of them.



  23. 23

    Re: joethehobo – I think what she was saying is it's extremely hypocritical to want acceptance yet spew pure hate against religion. No better than the people here who spew hate against gays, it was the EXACT same tone. Saying 'but religion doesn't like me so it's okay' is just an excuse for hatred.

    So if religion is open to judgement and scrutiny, why not homosexuality? I thought our community wanted acceptance. If so, we need to stop being such hypocrites.



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    Re: joethehobo – Hi Joe: don't be sorry at all about your post - I fully understand your position. Note that while I'm Christian, I struggle with what I've been taught about homosexuality (what I outlined earlier). It's hard to separate years of teaching/literal words in the Bible from your gut feeling but I try. In fact, one of my best friends is gay and I stood up for him at his wedding and I couldn't be happier for them (they're going on 12 yrs now). Here's where I'm caught … my head believes one thing, my heart believes another. So I'm not a hater, I try not to judge (although I'm sure I unintentionally do at times) and I try to understand other perspectives. What's ironic is that straight people like me can also struggle with the dichotomy of homosexuality. I want you to have your civil rights and I want you to love who you want to love and do what you feel is right for you and sometimes what I want for me and others is in opposition to what I've been taught from a religious standpoint. Long post, sorry. Best to say: peace & love to you.



  25. 25

    happy easter AT LEast the poor inbred girl has pretty hair…

    yes god made gay people gay is it so hard to absorb…

  26. Norge says – reply to this


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    Religion is a choice, being gay isn't. Most people stay with and believe in the religion they are raised. Some of these seem to be built like huge ponzi schemes, to keep people in line and increase their membership and raise money through creating more children or missionary work. How many native cultures have been destroyed this way? It is hard for people to un-learn what they have been taught all their lives. My advice to christians is to ask yourself, Is this what Jesus would say or do? If not, you have the right to change your views and seek out a life with God that is not filled with the hatered and and villification that surrounds you. If you fear being shunned by your family, remember, that you have the power to forgive them for their misguided views and flawed love of you. You don't need their forgiveness. Remember too, that all the christian religions in their current form have not been around very long., so how can they all be perfect? They were created by human beings and we are all flawed no matter what anyone says.



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    Re: Norge – Norsk?

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    Re: ACRe: Meggie246524Re: Meggie246524 – Like, it's OK to be hungry, but just don't eat. Yeah, that makes sense.



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    Re: Norge – According to Cynthia Nixon it is.



  30. 30

    Hey…God did create all life but homosexuality is not a genetic mutation but a choice of lifestyle…so even though you want to justify it, you can sin and still be in good standing with God..



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    I think until each one of you have really gotten a full view on what mormonism is you shouldn't even have an opinion about it Matt 7:2-5 "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye You hypocrite first take the plank out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye ]." At Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan, Jesus was talking to the multitudes gathered there after hearing of His message and of His healings to beseech them to not become like the pharisees and hypocrites who think they are above sin."Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." Do I agree with being gay no, that is my personal opinion I do not believe in it however I don't care what people do int heir personal lives. Whoa re we to judge people can make their own choices and in the end whether god agrees or not, It is up to him to decide not me. So who cares shame on all of you for saying it is some political stunt or that being mormon means you are a moron. Get your facts straight before degrading others! This to courage for them, and for that you should be proud!



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    Re: Meggie246524 – Again, it is nice to see the compassion we have grown to know through your posts. I suppose I felt that the way you worded your post was unintentionally offensive, and I'm glad that you got the chance to clarify what you meant. I wasn't trying to make you agree with me, as you have proven that you can still disagree, yet feel compassion and empathy for people like me, I was trying to understand how you felt and why you felt that way. While I still hope for equality's sake and your friend's sake, that someday down the road you won't feel so conflicted, from what I have read on this site you are a good person and he is lucky to have you in his corner. Again, I'm sorry for coming off so strongly and I apologize for not having the levelheadedness you demonstrate on this site everyday.



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    Re: Scatter – Cynthia Nixon later stated that her message was misleading and that she was in truth a bisexual who chose to focus only on women instead of both.

    I don't know about you, but I assume you are pretty set in your attraction to one gender and one gender alone. Doesn't the thought of having sex with someone of the same gender disgust you? Well, that's how gay people feel about having sex with someone of the opposite gender. I don't know about you, but that's not something I can choose. If you find it so easy to choose which gender you are attracted to, then I think you have some sexual identity issues to deal with, because for me, the thought of having sex with a woman repulses me. It's just not the way my body works.



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    Re: sicof gayshit – For the love of God, this country needs to stop allowing straight people to speak for homosexuals. How do you know it's a choice? I'm gay, and I know that it was not my choice to be this way. Isn't there something wrong with this country when your opinion on homosexuality is more accepted and valued than mine? Or worse, that you have the power to take away my rights?

    I don't know about you, but my sexuality is pretty set in stone. I can't control who I am attracted to. Did you choose to be straight? I hate to break it to you, but if you think you are attracted to the opposite sex by choice and not science then you have some sexual identity issues you need to sort out, because for most people, they have no say over their sexuality.



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    Re: joethehobo – Thanks Joe. And my apologies for my poor choice of words in my first post - there was absolutely no offense intended. Cheers.