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BYU Queer Student Leaders Panel

Watch Now: BYU Queer Student Leaders Panel from the 2021 Affirmation International Conference

September 18, 2021 |

Blaire Ostler moderates a panel discussion featuring queer student leaders from Brigham Young University campuses in Utah, Idaho, and Hawaii.

Season Tree

Protect Your Queer Children Under the Boughs of Love

August 28, 2021 |

You cannot build walls and fortresses to keep them out, for they are already a part of us, already a part of the sealed network of Saints. But you can use musket fire to drive them out from among you, from their spiritual home and from their families, through exclusionary positions and rejecting behavior.

BYU Idaho Honor Code

Holland’s BYU Address Merely an Event in the Arc of History

August 27, 2021 |

We’ve seen it before. Events occur, but the arc of the history of this painful intersection between the LDS church and their LGBTQ members is bending towards eventual fellowship and perhaps even equity.

Affirmation at Rexburg Pride

Affirmation at First-Ever Rexburg Pride: A Historic Moment

July 2, 2021 |

From an expected 100 to 200 attendees to actually having over 1,000 people turn out on the day of the first-ever Rexburg Pride, this was a historic event. Thanks to our volunteers in Eastern Idaho, Affirmation was there. Affirmation President Nathan Kitchen shared that he was “humbled and proud to have witnessed it in my lifetime: a Pride celebration, with over 1000 people in attendance, in Rexburg, Idaho.”

BYU Provo Honor Code March by Jacob Payne

BYU Alumni Challenging School’s Religious Exemptions in Court

June 1, 2021 |

Should church-owned or faith-based schools be able to receive federal funding and discriminate against their LGBTQIA+ students? A federal lawsuit filed in April is challenging exemptions given to these schools allowing sex-based discrimination and asking they be declared unconstitutional. The focus of the challenge is how this exemption is applied to LGBTQIA+ students.

I am a Child of God Poster BYU Honor Code by Jacob Payne

Be one: Listening to the LGBTQ+ students at BYU

April 22, 2020 |

They were born into OUR Mormon families. They grew up singing the same Primary songs, learning the value of family relationships and wanting that for themselves, being taught they are each a child of God, learning to love one another, learning to get their own answers through prayer, and learning to stand up for what is right, even if they must stand alone.

BYU Idaho Honor Code Response - Ethan Chadwick

Religious organizations need to include LGBTQ community in efforts to be more loving and accepting

March 23, 2020 |

Nathan Kitchen is president of Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends, a nonprofit that supports LGBTQ individuals and their families as they navigate the intersections they occupy in life, including the ways they interact with the Mormon church, whether they’re members or not. Kitchen, an alumnus of BYU, spoke with me to discuss the changes and ambiguity in the honor code, its impact on students, and what could instead be done to create a safer and more loving environment for LGBTQ individuals.

Car Driving Sepia Winter Spring

COVID-19 and the Honor Code debacle – An existential meditation

March 17, 2020 |

As I began my drive, I viewed the hillsides, fields, and woodlands here in upstate New York. Such scenery has become my chapel of holy reflection, and I was lost in the beauty of my surroundings. Despite the fact that the snows have only just receded and the color scheme is still tawny, slate, and charcoal, I still see God’s creation in all of it. I find God in nature, and God finds me there, too. 

BYU Provo Honor Code March by Jacob Payne

Not so fast: Honor code changes not so black and white

March 13, 2020 |

There is no mention in Church policy of any prohibition of any form of physical intimacy for unmarried couples of any sexual orientation outside of abstaining from sexual relations. It’s not unreasonable that living a chaste and virtuous life at BYU would mean anything different than what has been expected of students their whole lives as active and worthy members of the Church.