BYU student video on homosexuality is not in violation of honor code, says administrator
One unnamed male student in the BYU video says he had thoughts of suicide.
April 10th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

BYU student video on homosexuality is not in violation of honor code, says administrator

The students featured in a video about being gay at Brigham Young University are not in obvious violation of the honor code, according to Carri Jenkins, an assistant to the president of BYU.

Jenkins went on to say that for the video alone, the students would not be punished. The honor code, Jenkins said, is “based on conduct, not on feeling, and if same-gender attraction is only stated, that is not an honor code issue.”

All BYU students sign on to the honor code upon enrollment. The code outlaws premarital sex and breaking the code “may result in actions up to and including separation from the university.”

“Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the honor code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings,” reads the honor code.

The 9 minute, 37 second video features a number of gay, lesbian and bisexual students around BYU and is part of the larger “It Gets Better” video campaign started by writer Dan Savage. The project was started in response to a rash of suicides of teenagers who were bullied for being gay. The goal of the videos is to let people know they are not alone and that life gets better.

“It is very different to be gay and Mormon because it feels like neither community accepts you completely,” said Bridey Jensen, acting president of the group Understanding Same-Gender Attraction. “We put out the message for youth that are going through this and we want them to know that we were them a few years ago and it gets better and there is a place for you.”

Jensen’s organization is not recognized by the university, but she did say that professors and administrators have been supportive of what the group is trying to do.

The BYU video is unique in the fact that it discusses being gay at a university that has consistently been ranked as the most unfriendly campus for LGBT students in the country, according to Princeton Review.


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  1. diego

    GLBT and mormon .. What an oxymoron . If you are a member of the GLBT community , why on God's green earth would you want to attend BYU. An fore that mattet , why would you sign up for a code that goes against your total being . Ackwaaaard ...

    April 10, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Popeye

    Gay and Mormon wow he's right there's a place for them . http://WWW.hell .com

    April 10, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    byu? they should change it to BLU butt lust university...

    April 10, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    I had the same thoughts as diego, but the answer came to me right away! These students were raised Mormon, lived in a Mormon community & wanted to continue their belief system, even after they realized they were gay! A gay person shouldn't have to give up everything he/she believes in, that has molded him/her into the person they are, just because they aren't heteros.e.x.ual! Which 1 of us would give up our whole existence in order to practice our natural s.e.x.uality!? Why should GLBT persons be expected to??

    April 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • zelda

      Well, for one thing, the Mormons believe in having an extraordinary number of children (next time you see a young Mormon couple, check out the number of kids they have). It's how they ensure more money coming into the church in coming generations. Gay=no kids, not good for church.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    gay is not the way.. it's wrong.. even the gay people know this...
    it is against nature.....
    put 10 gay males , and 5 male 5 female together... which ones will live past the first generation...
    i think if your going to be gay you might as well worship the devil also.. might as well be well versed on the devil that way when you die and meet him you'll allready kinda know him..

    April 10, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Phil Spectre

    I can tell you... there are a lot of gays at BYU.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    @@@every one,,,,,,,, to follow ones heart is to be honest, to live in denial is to be dishonest,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i for one am not in denial and im happy ! And i was raised in the church,,,,,,,,,they are teaching tolerance,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, to teach intolerance is teaching wrong so this is good that byu is doing this

    April 10, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Prince Newland

    Byu students are killing themselves slowly, but i pray that God's should sent them Faster to the great beyound, because this act is a taboo and is abominable and should not be accept on planet earth but rather in he'll where they and Satan can carryout such act.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    What utter rot.
    One doesn't have to act on their desires; this is why they sign it...
    Straight or gay, the choice to break it is up to the individual.
    What the hell is wrong with people that they cannot discern this difference?

    April 10, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. zelda

    According to my Mormon can't get the next planet if you're gay.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    what i still can't understand.. is why would a guy see another guy taking a big dump and want to put his p-p in that.. gross...

    April 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Superman

    @@@ zelda,,,,,,,,,,,,,I have found a stereo typical person on board here are we not? Superman here/gay superman,,,,,,, there is gay jehovas witness, catholic, lds, etc etc at least the lds church is not running from it or trying to hide from it

    April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • zelda

      @ Superman, the LDS church is going to have to accept g a y s before long. They want as many members as they can get. I believe G o d loves regardless of s e x u a l orientation...

      April 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    @@@ruffnut,,,,,,,,,why would a guy want to put his PP in his wifes or girl friends grove tube,,,,, so why would it be any different?

    April 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. I'm riding on a bike

    My best friend is a dike. She too rides on a bike.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bring 'em young University

    Be fruitful and multiply.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
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