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Tue May 3, 2022, 03:37 PM May 2022

A BYU student flashed a Pride flag at graduation to honor LGBTQ students like herself [View all]

Source: CNN

When Jillian Orr walked across the stage to accept her degree in psychology from the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University, she was anxious -- and not just with the usual pre-commencement, rest-of-your-life-ahead-of-you jitters.

Orr planned to use her final moments as an undergrad to honor herself and the other LGBTQ students at BYU like her who hadn't felt comfortable being fully authentic on campus, instead feeling pressured to hide some or all aspects of their LGBTQ identities. In recent years, the school has made clear that it does not embrace gender and sexual diversity.


In the last two years, LGBTQ students at BYU have seen their school seem to bend to inclusion, only to then double down on exclusion. In 2020, weeks before the pandemic would halt in-person classes, BYU administrators removed a passage from the university's honor code that explicitly banned "homosexual behavior." At the time, LGBTQ students were cautiously optimistic that this meant they could be more open about their relationships on campus.

Then came the apparent reversal: Two weeks after students celebrated what they believed was a major change to the honor code, the church clarified that "homosexual behavior" was still "not compatible" with the school's values. Orr, who was on campus during the whirlwind of celebration and subsequent letdown, called the announcement a "kick in the knees."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/03/us/byu-lgbtq-graduation-jillian-orr-cec/index.html

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Message auto-removed Name removed May 2022 #1
As much as I loath that Mormon University. BlueIdaho May 2022 #3
Yes shenmue May 2022 #2
Good on her but they'll probably try to revoke her degree or some such assfoolery...nt wcmagumba May 2022 #4
That's Rebl2 May 2022 #8
I mean, good for her I guess? Happy Hoosier May 2022 #5
Typical response FreeState May 2022 #6
If you don't like the burning crosses "just move" AllTooEasy May 2022 #9
Yep FreeState May 2022 #10
Why is she restricted to BYU? Happy Hoosier May 2022 #11
She's not if she wants doesn't want to be with her family for all eternity FreeState May 2022 #12
'Aight.... Happy Hoosier May 2022 #13
A lot of LGBTQ hate comes from people's own families IronLionZion May 2022 #18
Fair enough. Happy Hoosier May 2022 #20
She looks happy. Hope she is. twodogsbarking May 2022 #7
Begging the question: why was she going to BYU? brooklynite May 2022 #14
The answers in the article n/t FreeState May 2022 #15
Thank you for your knowledgable input to this thread Hekate May 2022 #16
"Under the Banner of Heaven" AverageOldGuy May 2022 #17
Brave girl. Joinfortmill May 2022 #19
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