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:
Photo credit: Screengrab from Youtube