Mormon students talk about suicide in ‘It Gets Better’ video

By David Edwards
Sunday, April 8, 2012 10:11 EDT
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Mormon Students at Brigham Young Univ. (BYU) create 'It Gets Better' video
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LGBT students at Brigham Young University, a school with close ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are speaking out in a new video about their religion, which forbids gay sex.

The campus group Understanding Same-Gender Attraction (USGA) recently created the video to speak out about the difficulty of being gay or lesbian at a Mormon school.

Several of the 22 students in the video confess that that they had thought about taking their own life. In fact, 74 percent of LGBT students at Brigham Young have contemplated suicide, and a remarkable 24 percent have actually tried to kill themselves.

A 2007 clarification to the BYU honor code first allowed students to admit that they were gay or lesbian. And in 2010, LGBT advocacy was first allowed on campus.

But straight students at the school continue to have more rights than LGBT students, who can’t kiss or express affection in public.

Watch this video from BYU It Gets Better, uploaded March 29, 2012.

(H/T: Gawker)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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