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.


Filed under: Religion • Utah
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  1. Superman

    @free speach, than why are you still carrying on with something you cant win simple responses for pea brains like you,,,,,it sounds like some one does not have a real life ,,,,,or your running from something in your past that you continue to carry through your life and this is where your at now and you still have not reached your final destination

    April 11, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    Oh is freespeach getting tired?

    April 11, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Free Speech

    You're the only one here doing any name calling buddy, so take a look in the mirror with your "hater" speech. And by the way, learn some spelling and grammar before you call someone else a "pea brain". So amusing...

    April 11, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    @@@pea brain your calling me buddy,,,oh how nice your softening up a little bit,,,,,, so your living double standards? You hate gay males and than you call me buddy i should be honored!!! But it looks like ive pinched a nerve in you,,,,remambered what i said earlier its working now that your at the edge i feel better just as you would as a hater hahahahahahahahahLOL

    April 11, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Superman

    Hello are we getting slow now @@@@FREESPEACH

    April 11, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    Hello is anybody out there?

    April 11, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Free Speech

    I think you've proved my point, I've got more fun things to do than talk to you. Like Taxes... Hah haah!! Good night and Good Luck!!

    April 11, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Superman

    A true person will give to others what others cant give,,, thats me so you have a good evening and one more thing im still not mad but your burnt and exposed,,,,,,,,,,,KA CHING #3

    April 11, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @@@who ever,,,,,,,,, its interesting to see how society is going these days, one example is that when a person speaks the truth it brings out the worst in people the other is this ,,,,,, me being the giving heart to so many people in my life that others sense that and prey on it,,,ie me donating 3-5 days a week sometimes to people that need strenght to fight just a little bit harder such as a person with "leukemia" and climbing a mountain it makes me happy to help such people in a way that you cant put into words, but something that others like to tear down like what has happened here tonight! I will continue in my endeavors to bring happy memories and challenges to those that need it if this world was approached in such a way by all this world would be a much happier place to live peace to all and good night

    April 11, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. James

    Basically, things are changing for gay Mormons. Many think that they will go to one of the BYU's when they get older. There are BYU's in Idaho and Hawaii as well. There does seem to be many gay Mormons at BYU who are in denial for various reasons. This needs to be talked about more in the Mormon church and at BYU. People who are unfamiliar with Mormons may not realize that many towns and cities are mostly Mormon in not just Utah, but in Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, and especially Idaho. It does not just effect their spirituality, but they are culturally effected, as well. Their siblings went to BYU or their friends, etc. Gay Mormons telling their stories without shame or fear is good for everyone, Mormon or not.

    April 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob Arctor

    Wow, that gay Superman character is a loon. Talk about hate speech! Guess it's alright to talk trash about h e t e r o s e x u a l s but not the other way around. "Anyone that doesn't like to be called a Breeder is a hater on gays..." Really? You are twisted dude!

    April 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
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    Looks like Free Speech is the typical self-loathing, closetted gay man.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
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