Brigham Young University has recognized clubs on its private and conservative Provo campus. The school has yet to approve its application, which was submitted three years ago, or act on creating a new group.
The holdup, frequently cushioned by promises from administrators that it will get approved soon, maybe next month, maybe this fall, has begun to feel intentional. Did they think the students might eventually give up? Did they ever plan to give them the green light? Now, in the quiet of summer semester and with mounting frustration, members are renewing their efforts with the hope of finally getting a club on campus. Their sights are set on approval by the end of the year.
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The Mormon church teaches that same-sex attraction is not a sin but that acting on it is. BYU formed a working group in late to study forming a club, as well as other ways to support gay, bisexual and transgender students. A year later, a few club members were invited to participate and provide input. The biggest letdown came in March after the group planned two landmark on-campus forums — with attendance that filled the auditoriums, aisles and overflow rooms — to discuss how to reconcile gender identity with faith.
That was supposed to be a sort of kickoff event that would precede an announcement. Holdaway said the club is planning to push back, mostly out of frustration, but hopefully with workable compromises to have some kind — any kind — of physical representation on campus. Meanwhile, the administration has asked the group to focus more on planning events like the panels rather than continuing to fight for a club.
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It has a website mocked up and byu. It has picked out faculty advisers who did not return calls for comment. All of that was submitted in February, a few weeks before the big student panels. Goates attended BYU from towith a two-year break to serve a church mission.
Jordan Sgro, chief program officer at Encircle, a resource center in Provo for queer individualssaid she sees BYU students come in every day. Sgro, who is gay, attended the school and promised never to go back after graduation.
Lgbtq students wanted to start a club. three years later, byu still hasn’t decided if the group will be recognized.
The environment has improved a bit, she said, but more can be done to foster inclusivity — including accepting Understanding Same Gender Attraction. It had taken a year for her to attend a Understanding Same Gender Attraction event.
By Januarythough, she had come out to herself as gay and decided to check out the off-campus club. Wright, who graduated in April, participated in the March student panels. She was told that if the administration does decide to allow an LGBTQ group on campus — which has been routed to the board of trustees while every other club goes only through the BYU student association for approval — it likely would be a newly formed organization, not Understanding Same Gender Attraction.
Holdaway and Jenkins said much the same. Donate to the newsroom now.
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