6/26/2020 0 Comments
In late February, Brigham Young University changed a long-standing policy that restricted same-sex relationships among its students. In the past, any romantic same-sex behavior was punishable by academic probation, or in extreme cases, expulsion. The change itself was relatively minor: a removal of certain wording in the honor code of conduct. This change would have been a historic one for the university, and for the LDS Church, which owns BYU. However, only two weeks later, administrative officials forced BYU to completely reverse their decision; it was as if it had never happened in the first place.
Catherine Sullivan (she/her)
A year ago this month, three of my friends and I went out to escape the casual queerphobia of our moderate conservative suburb and head to Motor City Pride. Back at home, we all had our struggles. Two of us were closeted, and they knew they would not be accepted if they came out. I had certainly experienced enough transphobia to need an escape for a day. I didn’t realize until I got there quite how much I needed it.