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Oddest ‘It Gets Better’ Video? Brigham Young Students

Oddest ‘It Gets Better’ Video? Brigham Young Students

Gay students at Brigham Young University — no, scrap that …

‘Questioning’ students at Brigham Young University — no, try again …

Those ‘suffering from same-sex attraction’ — that’s correct — at Brigham Young University who are members of an unofficial group called USGA (Understanding Same-Gender Attraction) have produced a very odd video for the ‘It Gets Better’ project.

The group’s tolerated existence marks some kind of progress on the Mormon Church’s campus.

Until the late 1970s, there was electroshock aversion therapy practiced there, not so much ‘pray away the gay’ as ‘torture away the gay.’ Until very recently, there was a campus ‘secret police,’ which would systematically track down gay students.

One study found that 74 percent of ‘LGBT’ students at Brigham Young have contemplated suicide — 24 percent have actually tried to kill themselves.

The group has been allowed to exist since 2010. Earlier this month, a forum it held on campus had an overflow audience for its discussion on reconciling Mormonism with being gay.

So, progress that this group even exists…but are any of the people in this video happy? Do they look like it is ‘getting better’ for them?

The ‘It Gets Better’ project, which is primarily aimed at teenagers, is supposed to be about getting through bullying and coming out better as you get older and are able to be who you are. Even though these students are brave, and obviously more power to them, I don’t think this video shows much getting better on that campus, but watch and make your own mind up:

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4:15AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Powerful, brave people speaking out. Reminds me of the hymn "Just As I Am." Great to know that there is acceptance for our humanity.

1:42AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

A very powerful, moving video. Good for those kids! they are brave.

More and more Mormon young people are being exposed to REAL history; when they start getting input from the rest of the world, that for example DNA tests show that the American Indians are NOT related to "the lost tribes of Israel" {as Mormon dogma flatly wants Mormons to believe}; they start questioning their weird church doctrines {no weirder than Scientology, Catholicism or other cults}. You can only control your followers and have them believing utter nonsense, by isolating them and brainwashing them. {I can't imagine what sort of "history" they must be teaching kids at Brigham Young University -- or anthropology! No wonder they need "thought police"!}

Once these kids start reading non-Mormon books, they'll be okay. People go to church because of family, traditions, friends, holidays, dating, stuff like that. Once they "leave home", spiritually speaking, and strike out on their own and find NON-MORMON Gay friends, these kids' ties with the Church will stretch, weaken, and with any luck, break.

12:02AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

So glad there is a dialog and forums at BYU to address this. Deep courage these kids are demonstrating!

9:44PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

I actually thought this was one of the best of these video's I've seen. It's very clear how hard it is for these kids, but they are banded together and they have support. They are very believable.

7:55PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

so happy that you chose your son Tonya. it is really sad when a parent chooses their sick religion over their own child, and it happens way too often--I have met people whose own family rejected them(and telling someone that they have to be celibate for their entire lives and cannot get married is rejecting them!)
why would anyone choose to be a part of a church that hates women and gay people? Fortunately there are churches that welcome gays and treat women as equal humans.

6:54PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Nice video but too much has not been addressed. For example, Can gay couples date in public? Is it a sin to be gay? Is gay by choice? Can Gayness be cured? What happens when gay students leave campus? Has the official stance of the church changed? Are gays accepted into the Mormon community? Has God changed his mind about gays? Are people born gay or is it acquired? What does the Mormon church believe is the cause of gayness? Is this video a band-aid or a cure?

5:06PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

It gets better but not here?

2:43PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

These poor kids deserve to feel it gets better too. i'm so happ;y to see messages her Mormons who know gay is okay! If everyone on the planet could be so enlightened we could make this world a better place for everyone.

2:32PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

This is a powerful video. Strong, beautiful young people. Let's hope some of them are the Mormon leaders of tomorrow.

12:20PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

When I viewed this video, I only saw my son - my beautifully smart handsome son who just so happens to be gay. He also joined the Mormon church when he was 15. We didnt know at the time but he had great hopes that Heavenly Father would take this curse away from him. He did everything he could - fasting, praying, attending every meeting, praying some more, fasting even more but sadly for him, nothing changed who he was. My son attempted suicide in 2010 but luckily for me, my son is still with me today. We no longer go to church, not because they shuned us but because we as a family couldnt handle what the church and some members believed. We felt like we had to choose our son or the church and we picked our son!. Its hard for sane people to imagine this but there really are people out there that believe suicide is better than living and loving - if its with a same sex partner! Can you even imagine how many wonderful bright amazing men and women we have lost because they loved someone of the same sex and they believed killing themselves was the lesser of two sins? Its a true shame and I do pray it gets better for my son and all LGBT people, until then I will tell our story. My life would have never been the same without my son here....Im one of the lucky ones.

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