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New video sheds light on being gay and Mormon at BYU

Published April 6, 2012 6:16 pm

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Openness toward gays and lesbians seems to be on the rise at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University.On Wednesday, students packed a BYU classroom in Provo to hear four gay and lesbian students describe their experience of being homosexual and Mormon.They described their early awareness of attractions, their inner conflicts and their hopes for the future, according to reports from The Student Review and bloggers, including Christopher Smith.Now, a new video features 22 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight BYU students talking about their stories of "pain and peace in dealing with homosexuality and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," according to a release.The nine-minute video is part of the nationwide "It Gets Better" campaign, which hopes to show gay youths that they are not alone. The LDS-themed video was produced by Kendall Wilcox, a former BYU producer who is working on creating a dialogue among Mormons that is more empathic and constructive.The video's sponsor, USGA (Understanding Same-Gender Attraction) is "an unofficial group of Brigham Young University students, faculty, and friends," the release says, "who wish to strengthen families and the BYU community by providing a place for open, respectful discussions on the topic of same-gender attraction."It can be seen on YouTube. Peggy Fletcher Stack