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March 12, 2020

BYU's Made U-turn On Gay Students Which Now Cannot Date On Campus Only Straight Ones

To the parents and schoolboard:
*How does gay dating in school offend you, didn't you date?-You have at least one kid! Should they date straight students and make gay straight marriages until the gay one comes out and have to leave and just visit the kids or sue for for custody?
*Why those parents feel their straight kids don't date and what good does it do their kids or the school to treat all students equally and with dignity(Is that christian enough?)
*Would it make you feel better if your kids become as homophobic as you?
* Did god call you to judge---I think not, if I remember the bible correctly and I do

We just want to stop being toyed with.

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Students at Brigham Young University say they have "whiplash" after the school confirmed a ban on same-sex relationships, just two weeks after it changed its code of conduct to appear to permit them.

"Same-sex romantic behavior cannot lead to eternal marriage, and is therefore not compatible with the principles of the Honor Code," Elder Paul V. Johnson, commissioner of the Church Educational System, which oversees BYU, wrote in a statement to university students Wednesday.

The move appeared to be a policy U-turn after the private university in Provo, Utah — owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon Church — updated its strict and mandatory code of conduct for students on Feb. 19 to remove a clause prohibiting "all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings." 

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Last month's update had been welcomed by the university's LGBTQ students, who saw it as an indication that BYU had further eased its restrictions on same-sex sexual behavior. While students have been allowed to openly identify as gay since 2007, they have long been banned from being in same-sex relationships.

Current and former BYU students told NBC News that they had spoken to university administrators after the code was updated and confirmed that as long as gay couples also followed the rule of chastity and didn't have sex outside a heterosexual marriage, they could openly date and show affection.

But in a Q&A with the director of the Honor Code Office, Kevin Utt, which was published Wednesday on the school's website, Utt emphasized that "any same-sex romantic behavior is a violation of the principles of the Honor Code" and was still prohibited. 

Students turned out late last week to protest the apparent return to the status quo, with two on-campus gatherings on Wednesday and Thursday in Provo and a larger rally Friday in front of the church's headquarters in Salt Lake City, where BYU students and community allies chanted "Let all students date!" and sang Mormon hymns. 

"It was whiplash — total, complete traumatic whiplash," Tiauna Lomax, 21, a junior who identifies as bisexual, said of Utt's interview.

Lomax said the change to the Honor Code last month had given her the courage to come out to her parents. She hadn't been comfortable dating women before that, because it was against school rules and meant risking being suspended or even expelled.

"I felt like I had an institution that supported me. ... The place I called home supported me, so I could come out to my parents," Lomax told NBC News.

She said the subsequent "clarification" to the rules two weeks later felt like a personal rejection.

"I sobbed for hours," she said. "It was awful to not feel wanted and betrayed like that."

Lomax hasn't ruled out transferring. She said that it's an option open to her financially but that she fears for other students who don't have the resources. The OUT Foundation, an organization for LGBTQ BYU alumni, is offering advice and financial support for students wanting to transfer. The group's fundraiser, which launched Wednesday, had raised over $34,000 by Monday afternoon. 
Summer Lee-Corry, 21, transferred from BYU to Utah Valley University last year. She identifies as queer and said BYU "was not a healthy place" for her. Lee-Corry said fear of being reported to the Honor Code Office and punished led her to avoid even platonic physical contact with women in public and in front of her roommates.

"I've had several friends die by suicide. If I had stayed at BYU, I would have been one of those statistics," she said.

Lee-Corry still attends church to serve as a role model for other young gay Mormons. She said BYU's attitude is at odds with her faith.

"They often call it 'the Lord's University' within the LDS Church," Lee-Corry said. "What I learned within the Christian religion was that Jesus sat with people who nobody else would sit with. How can we call BYU 'the Lord's University' when I know that Jesus would have been part of our protest, loving and accepting the queer students there?" 

In an email Monday, Carrie P. Jenkins, a BYU spokesperson, said, "The Honor Code was changed to create a single standard for all Church educational institutions that is consistent with the recently released General Handbook of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Under a section titled "Same-Sex Attraction and Same-Sex Behavior," the General Handbook, which was also released Feb. 19, encourages "kindness, inclusiveness, love for others, and respect for all human beings."

The handbook allows gay men to serve in senior church roles, but it ultimately asks LGBTQ members to remain chaste, emphasizing that sex must be reserved for heterosexual marriage.

While BYU still asks students to "encourage" others to comply with the school's Honor Code, "encourage is not synonymous with 'turn someone in,'" Utt said in his Q&A on the school's website.

"We realize that emotions over the last two weeks cover the spectrum and that some have and will continue to feel isolation and pain," he said. "We encourage all members of our campus community to reach out to those who are personally affected with sensitivity, love and respect."

February 9, 2019

Christian Group Can Bar Any LGBT Students From Leadership Roles, So Rules A Judge

Image: University of Iowa
University of Iowa students walk past the Old Capitol building in Iowa City. Charlie Neibergall / AP file

By Associated Press
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A federal judge has ruled that the University of Iowa was wrong to strip a Christian student group of its registered status after the organization barred a gay student from a leadership position.

U.S. District Judge Stephanie M. Rose on Wednesday granted a permanent injunction banning the university from rejecting the status of the group, Business Leaders in Christ, The Des Moines Register reported.

Rose found that the university had unevenly applied its human rights policy by allowing other groups to limit membership based on religious views, race, sex and other protected characteristics.

"Particularly when free speech is involved, the uneven application of any policy risks the most exacting standard of judicial scrutiny, which the defendants have failed to withstand," she said.
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Business Leaders in Christ member Jake Estell said the group is happy with the outcome.

"This victory reinforces the commonsense idea that universities can't target religious groups for being religious," he said.

The university said it plans to adhere to the court's decision.

The university revoked the group's registration in November 2017 after the group barred a student from holding a leadership position after he disclosed that he was gay. The university said it has a right and obligation to ensure an open and nondiscriminatory environment on campus. 

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The registration loss meant Business Leaders in Christ could no longer reserve campus meeting space, participate in student recruitment fairs, access funds from student activity fees or use university-wide communication services.

Business Leaders in Christ sued the university, arguing that its membership is open to all students but that leaders must affirm a statement of faith that includes rejecting homosexuality.

Rose in January 2018 ordered the group to be temporarily reinstated while the lawsuit was pending. The U.S. Justice Department in December filed a "statement of interest" backing the group, arguing that the university had violated its free speech and assembly rights.


April 24, 2018

Gay Student Attacked At Delaware University

 Resting on his bed in his Newark home with a broken leg, Rancel Valdez describes the assault at an off-campus party near the University of Delaware Friday night which could lead to hate crime charges, according to Newark Police Department.

Newark, Del., police are investigating an assault reported at a University of Delaware fraternity party held off-campus at about 6 p.m. April 13.
A group of men approached Rancel Valdez, a former student who is Hispanic and openly gay. One man made a homophobic remark, and a fight broke out, according to Delaware Online.
Valdez told NBC10 that the attack was unprompted. “They were just being rude, telling me to leave, calling me names,” Valdez said. “I didn’t even look their way or nothing. They all just came to me.”
Valdez was hospitalized for a leg fracture. The injury will come at some cost to Valdez, as he won’t be able to work for a month and does not have health insurance, according to an online fund-raising page set up by a friend. The page had raised over $2,000 as of Sunday.
The investigation could result in hate crime charges if police find that the attack was related to Valdez's sexuality, Newark police told Delaware Online. Witnesses told police that the attackers used degrading language, said Sergeant Gerald Bryda, a spokesperson for the Newark Police Department.
SpeQtrum, an organization for LGBTQ students of color at Delaware, called the assault a hate crime in a statement published on Twitter Thursday. The organization urged the university to address "the toxic culture on campus" by making changes including training members of Greek life on assault, homophobia, transphobia, sexism and white supremacy and creating a resource center for LGBTQ students.
"You are not alone in this world; we are here together, even if you haven't connected with us yet, we stand with you," the statement said.
The college has been "monitoring the situation throughout the week, and representatives of the university are speaking with all involved," Andrea Boyle, university spokesperson, said in an interview Sunday.
Delaware president Dennis Assanis sent an email to the campus community last week denouncing the attack.
“This kind of reprehensible behavior is not tolerated at the University of Delaware. We will take all appropriate measures in the student conduct process to ensure any offenders are held accountable for their actions,” Assanis wrote.

October 25, 2017

This Gay Homecoming King in Texas Trolls His Close Minded Critics

 Joel Mireles

A gay student elected homecoming king at Brazoswood High School in Clute had the perfect response for his bullies.

After Joel Mireles captured the crown in a popular vote, homophobic classmates reportedly protested his win by creating T-shirts with the hashtag “#NotMyKing.”

Mireles responded by purchasing one of the T-shirts and wearing it to school—along with his crown.

“I just thought, if I bought one, it would be a statement saying, ‘This isn’t affecting me and you guys aren’t hurting me,'” Mireles told WTSP-TV.

Since Mireles’ cousin, Danielle Pena, posted the above photo of him wearing the T-shirt on Facebook, it’s been shared more than 400 times.

“You deserved that crown, Joel,” Pena wrote in her post. “Now I’m the one who looks up to your courage. I hope one day I am not affected by the hurtful hate in people’s hearts. I love you so much and I’ve never been so proud!”

Mireles, a senior who’s interested in theater, called himself “an average student” and said he never thought he’d be elected homecoming king. But he campaigned by hanging handmade posters, and handing out candy and donuts.

“Typically it’s someone who’s in athletics or usually it’s football,” Mireles told WTSP. “I was shocked. I didn’t really know what to do. Then one of the members of student council put the crown on me.

The next day, when Mireles’ friends showed him negative posts on social media, he was bothered by the bullying.

“‘I didn’t want to go eat lunch because I thought people were looking at me so I stayed in the theater classroom and told my mom to come pick me up early,” he said.

But then it “just passed over” and Mireles realized “it didn’t matter.” Pena said Mireles told her, “It’s okay, it doesn’t bother me. I won! They can’t take that from me.”

In her Facebook post, Pena also criticized school officials for not responding to the bullying.

Superintendent Danny Massey subsequently issued a statement to

“We are proud of Joel and our Homecoming Queen for being selected by a popular vote of the senior class to represent Brazoswood for Homecoming two weeks ago,” Massey said.  “We take claims of bullying seriously, and are dedicated to ensuring all our students are learning in a respectful environment.”

“No Brazosport ISD student has sold, wore or distributed shirts displaying the hashtag #notmyking. Brazoswood High School’s Homecoming king purchased the shirt shown on social media for himself online. Joel is a great kid attending a great school and has a very bright future,” Massey added.

Mireles told he knows who created the T-shirts and shared screen grabs of them being made. But he declined to identify the student.

“In my opinion, it’s whatever. They said what they said,” Mireles told “But for me, they [the school officials] are being lenient on the no-bullying policy, and they need to stop being so lenient, because this had the potential to be tragic.”

Mireles said response to the photo of him wearing the T-shirt has been “mostly positive,” which “feels really good.”

He also has the support of his mother, Molly Salinas.

“I just want him to be him,” Salinas told WTSP. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted, is for him to be him.”

By John Wright

September 19, 2017

LGBT Student Shot, Killed by Campus Police Because He Would Not Drop a Knife

IN ATLANTA}} The attorney representing the family of a Georgia Tech student who was shot and killed by campus police late Saturday night is wondering why authorities didn't de-escalate the situation by non-lethal measures.
The family of Scout Schultz, 21, has hired trial attorney L. Chris Stewart to represent them.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case, which happened when, according to the bureau, police responded to a 911 call at an 8th Street dorm about a person with a knife and a gun at 11:17 pm.
When officers arrived, they made contact with Schultz, who officers said was armed with a knife. Officers said they made multiple attempts to get Schultz to drop the knife, but that Schultz was not cooperative, and would not comply with the officers' commands. 
They said Schultz advanced on the officers with the knife. When Schultz continued to advance and would not drop the knife, one of the officers fired, striking Schultz. 
Schultz was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta and died there. 
Schultz was a fourth-year computer engineering student and president of Georgia Tech's Pride Alliance. 
According to a family spokesperson, Stewart, who will hold a media briefing on Monday, is wondering why police didn't use non-lethal force to respond, and also wants to know if the officers who responded had any training to deal with mentally impaired subjects.
Stewart is managing partner of Stewart, Seay and Felton. Late last week, Stewart announced his firm had filed a lawsuit against a College Park mental health facility in connection with a teenage sexual assault that allegedly happened back in February.
The Pride Alliance released a statement Sunday afternoon: 

Dear Pride Alliance members,
As you might have heard, last night we lost our President, Scout Schultz. We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred. They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years. They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety events, and we would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication. Their leadership allowed us to create change across campus and in the Atlanta community. Scout always reminded us to think critically about the intersection of identities and how a multitude of factors play into one's experience on Tech's campus and beyond.
We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change.
You can watch a viewer-submitted video from Maxim Mints of the incident below. It stops before the actual shooting itself. If you wish to watch the entire video that includes the shooting, please click on the link provided. In both instances, viewer discretion is strongly cautioned.
About 20 minutes later, the school informed students that there was no longer a threat on campus.

The GBI is continuing their investigation. Once they have concluded their inquest, the results will be presented to the Fulton County District Attorney's office for review and any additional action.

Chanel 11, Atlanta 

 Scout Schultz, 21yo

May 16, 2017

17 yr old Student Paper: Gay Marriage is Favoulous

When a 17-year-old that goes by the handle averagesmurf posted on Reddit this past week about a paper he submitted for class, Redditors went into a frenzy to provide supporting or opposing arguments for the controversial topic he decided to write about: gay marriage. The teenager, who reportedly lives in rural Missouri and attends a Catholic high school, said that he decided to write the paper after his teacher asked them to write a research paper about a “moral dilemma,” in this case gay marriage, and why it is wrong and dangerous, so the teenager wrote about the opposite.
The teen said that it all started earlier this year, when the teacher of a class called “Morality” asked the students to submit anonymous questions and had the class discuss the topics. Afterwards, she apparently would inform the students on the church’s position on such moral topics and would not allow the students to refute the points afterwards.
According to the teen who submitted the paper, the topic of gay marriage sent him into a rant in class about why the church’s stance is incorrect that led to all discussion ending the next day and a video being shown by the teacher that taught the students that homosexuality is a choice or the result of abuse and unhealthy relationships. As for the paper, the 17-year-old student said this in his post:
“The exact words my teacher said in class were that you have to provide the church teaching to ‘show and prove that the church’s position is right’.” The student’s disagreement with the church’s position on gay marriage is what sparked their long research paper on the topic.

Titled Gay Marriage Is Fabulousthe teen launches into an in-depth look that covers everything from the damage that living in a patriarchy does to society to conversion therapy to the idea that being gay is a choice. With 127 pages, 52 footnotes, and a shockingly long Works Cited page, the student leaves no stone unturned in making their point about why homosexuality is not a sin and reiterates the point they made in class: that homosexuality is not a sin and that the Bible preaches love, not hate, towards gay people.
Though there hasn’t been an update on how the paper was received in class, the student did comment that during the previous in-class discussions, many of their classmates applauded the teen on the points he made in favor of gay marriage and in opposition of the church’s viewpoints. In a later update after constant interest in the contents, he even posted the full paper online, which can be viewed here. With references from the Bible, the Catholic Church, Plato, the American Psychological Association, and countless old and modern sources, he was sure to rely on tons of experts to fill in his argument. He started his paper in early January and just recently finished, though he said that he felt his conclusion was rushed because of the deadline for the presentation.
“All I wanted to do was say to kids, who feel crummy about themselves because some jacka** tells them it’s wrong to be themselves, that they’re loved and they don’t have to hate who they are,” he said of his motivation to write the paper and post it on Reddit.

Even if the teenager hadn’t identified as a part of the LGBTQ community, this paper would have been great at boosting other’s confidence in themselves, especially those who find themselves similarly isolated in their rural towns and shrouded in religious beliefs. The teen preaches loves and acceptance, which allows for others to feel like they are loved by god just as they are, even if they are gay or have a different gender identity.

March 7, 2017

Gay Student 14 Found Dead After Blasting Bullies on YouTube

Liam McAlpine

A gay student was found dead in his bedroom just weeks after he posted a video lashing out at bullies — as cops probe a link to powerful prescription drugs.
Liam McAlpine, 14, passed away Sunday, less than two weeks after he shared a rant on YouTube blasting bullying at his school.
In an earlier video uploaded to the site last month, titled “Coming out,” Liam revealed he was gay and told how he feared he would be abused by other pupils.
In the most recent clip, the teenager, from Glenrothes, Scotland, told how he was targeted at primary school and called on teachers at his high school to “get their act together and get this bullying sorted” — but insisted he wasn’t a victim.
He said: “Every day in primary school I always got bullied.
“At my school, Glenrothes High School, I see people getting bullied all the time.
“I’m not getting bullied.
“You don’t go to school to get bullied every day. You go to learn. School is meant to be a safe place but getting bullied every day and picked on, is that really safe?”
He said: “For three years I have been gay. Go ahead and judge me, I don’t care.
“I know folk at school will just say, ‘Oh, haha, you’re gay.’
“Go ahead, I don’t care if you judge me, it’s who I am and I’m proud to be gay.”
Liam’s shattered family said Tuesday they were “devastated by the loss of our beloved son, grandson, nephew and brother.”
Dozens of tributes also were paid to Liam on social media after the tragedy.
Liam’s sister Chjelsea shared a snap of the pair.
She wrote: “R.I.P Liam. You were the best and only brother I had I love and miss you so much wish you were still here you meant the world to me.
“I am so heartbroken without you Liam, dunno what to do anymore.
“I just wanna be up there with you why did you have to go so soon? You were only 14 years old you had your whole life ahead of you.
“I just remember sitting there for hours with you in your room and we would talk about random stuff you were always so happy and I remember you use to sing to me in Japanese.
“There’s so many things I didn’t get to tell you I use to be able to talk to you about anything and have a laugh with you. Breaks my heart knowing you’re gone.”
Cops are probing claims that the tragedy is connected to prescription drugs that have been shared among youngsters at a number of schools in the area.
On Monday, the day after Liam was found dead, education officials sent a warning to parents in Fife after it emerged that pupils were circulating three types of pills.
One of the drugs is Citalopram, which is known to treat “major” depression, and according to the UK’s National Health Service, has side effects including self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Bedranol, a drug which is known to speed up heart rates, has also been shared among teenagers as well as anti-allergy pill Fexofenadine.
A family friend claimed on Facebook that Liam’s father, William, found him dead in his bedroom Sunday.
Head teacher Avril McNeil last night said staff and pupils at Glenrothes High School were “deeply saddened” by Liam’s death.
She said: “Liam was a cheerful, pleasant and likable pupil with an excellent attendance record at school.
“He will be missed within our school community. Our guidance teachers, psychological and community chaplaincy teams are on hand to offer support to any pupils or staff who may need it.”
She added: “We have a robust anti-bullying policy at Glenrothes High School.
“Bullying in any form is unacceptable.”
Scottish police said Monday night Liam’s death was being treated as “unexplained.” It is understood they are not ruling out the possibility that he may have taken his own life.
Detective Inspector June Peebles said: “Liam’s death is a tragedy and our thoughts are with his family, friends and classmates at this very difficult time.
“We are continuing our enquiries into Liam’s death. We would ask anyone with information to contact Police Scotland on 101.”
A fundraising page has been set up to support Liam’s family with funeral costs. The teen’s mother, Tracy, wrote: “It’s a comfort to know how loved my little man was, not only by his family, but so many friends too.”
By The Sun

February 11, 2017

Ghana: Gay Students Caught Together in Dorm Saved from Lynching byTeachers

Two male students (names withheld) of Mawuli School in the Volta Region suspected to have been engaged in a homosexual act would have been flogged mercilessly, but for the timely intervention of two teachers of the school.

The male students, who were reportedly caught in one of the dormitories of Aggrey House, allegedly had canal knowledge of each other at about 3:00 pm last Wednesday, 8th February, after classes.

The culprits are final-year students in 3 Science 1 and 3 Arts 4 respectively.

According to some students, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, this is not the first time students have been involved in homosexuality in the school.

The incident caused a serious pandemonium in the school, thereby attracting many students to the scene, most of who were said to be unhappy that the two students had been allowed to go scot-free without any punishment whatsoever.

Some supporters of a football team who had a friendly match with the school’s football team at the time said the chaos attracted them to the scene.

The pandemonium lasted for about two hours.

Three students, who also confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE, indicated that the two were first discovered by a student who was going to the dormitory after classes.

They said when the student got to his dormitory at Aggrey House, he realized the dormitory was locked from inside and so peeped through the window to find out what was happening.

“He found out that two of his mates who had left the classroom ahead of the closing time were in a compromising posture that suggested they were having canal knowledge of each other. The two were also allegedly seen using some cream as lubricant on their genitals.

“He quickly returned to alert many of his mates. On reaching the scene, they started banging the doors, telling the two ‘lovers’ to come out. However, they refused for fear of being beaten or lynched.

“The noise, chaos and mad rush to the scene attracted many, including two teachers (names withheld) to the scene. The teachers managed to get the two students out safely and handed them over to the Senior House Master.

“The students, who were unhappy with the situation, kept chanting and making noise throughout the campus because they believed nothing would be done to the gay students. They also requested that they be allowed to beat them to teach others a lesson,” one of the students narrated.

Headmaster Unware

When contacted, the headmaster of the school, Tawiah Agor, denied knowledge of the incident.

According to him, “I am hearing this for the first time from you. No report has gotten to my attention.”

He said he had been busy the whole week working hard to address the water situation and other important issues in the school.

That notwithstanding, he said he was going to investigate the matter and take appropriate measures to curb the situation.

DAILY GUIDE’s investigation suggests that the headmaster has since last Thursday evening, 9th February, held a crunch meeting with the administration over the matter.

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