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. Superman

    @@@zelda,,,,,,,your right,,, god loves regardless of who they are or what theyve done,,,,,,, but i for one could never go back ,like i said earlier,,,,to follow ones heart is honest to not follow is to be dishonest with one self,,,,, living in denial is the worst thing an individual can do i did for many years,,,,, my daughters came out 3 years ago i just came out 3 months ago,,,ive never been happier,,,,,,and me and my daughters have never been closer, and my ex? Shes totally supportive like i said now its time to live a life of honesty

    April 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • zelda

      @ superman....I am a l e s b i a n. I know I was born that way. I cannot ever remember not being attracted to the same s e x. There....I'm out!

      April 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    @@@princenewland,,,,,,,,judge not lest ye be judged, with that judgement ye judge ,ye shall also be judged,,,,,,are you without sin? Or should you be casting stones in a glass house?

    April 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    ka ching!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. boBbY tHe MormAn

    It was polygamy, not poly orificey.

    April 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. About Judging

    Christians have always been commanded to judge each other just as Jews have. Not judge each other as to who lives and who dies, but to judge each other on matters such as who is and who isn't good and wholesome association within the god frearing community. Obviously those who do not fear God are judged worthy of death by God, and so you wouldn't want to be standing anywhere near them should lightning strike/aids beakout.

    April 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This has got to be the most blatant example of trying to justify gay bashing that I have ever read.
      How very dark and polluted a soul must be to think this way.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    Why would i not fear god? I havent ran from the truth,,,,, at least i can admit who or what i am and the rest of you

    April 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    @@@banasy,,,,,,superman here some of these bashers dont know thenselves very well thats why they do what they do,,,,, to establish themselves in a catagory of people so they feel above and beyond who they SEE as lower than them,,,,, dont take offense to this,,,, but here in california they are called BREEDERS,,,,,,,,,,,eye for an eye i guess

    April 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Superman

    @@@banasy,,,,,,,,,,,thank you for your positive out look on others and there life styles and your live let live way its nice to see these days,,,,,keep the positive it makes one stronger and more in tune with life and others your great!!!!

    April 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. a BREEDER

    @banasy, are you aware that you have been condescended to as a "Breeder"? @"Superman", is that how you refer to your mother and father?

    April 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Superman

    @@@banasy that was not my intent it was in no way directed towards you in anyway!!! You have never ever in any way offended me and neither have i you!!! So who ever is starting this is taking things to far , and obviously do not stand for free speach,,,,, and are themselves offended by gay and lesbian community,,,,, in every state every country in every county and every city,,,,,,,,,,,,so in no way shape or form was this ment to offend you if people are offended themselves than they are the bashers and the hatefull of society,,,,so its ok for these people to put down others but if others come back with a single word to describe them they get mad,,,,,,,,,,,,,im not at all mad just even

    April 11, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    @@@ a breeder never my mother and father just haters if you game is trying to get me to snap on these blogs ,,,,,it will never work i will expose you as the agressor and sooner or later you will get burnt out on trying to get to me so take your bashing elswhere,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,your hate is not welcomed in society

    April 11, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Free Speech

    For all the Breeders out there... do you like being refered to as such? Just curious ...

    April 11, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    @@@a breeder now lets talk about you so if you feel so powerfull against the gay community theres a small town in africa that would love to hear your views, yet alone being in that part of africa you would not be welcomed to warmly there! So that would make you feel very insignificant,,,,,,, just as your trying to make the lgbt community feel here as i remember correctly , this country was based on for the people and that means ALL of its people !!!!!!superman here/ gay superman,,,, if i were to hide who i am and we would meet on the street and you never knew i am gay would you be offended? Probably not

    April 11, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    @@@ a breeder,,,,,,thats 2 KA CHINGS!!!!

    April 11, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Free Speech

    @ "Superman", Verbose, paranoid, and illogical speeches do not win you points.

    April 11, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
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