Brigham Young University is removing LGBTQ pamphlets from freshman welcome bags for violating the religious college’s policy on gay relationships
- The Mormon-influenced university said it wanted students to contact its new Office of Affiliation
- The booklets included information on off-campus LGBTQ events and resources for scholarship funding and mentoring
- One student said she had a contractual arrangement with BYU’s student newspaper, Daily Universe, to put together the welcome bags
- She also revealed that she had to pay a mandatory $200 fee to the university
- BYU’s code of honor has previously created confusion about accepting “same-sex romantic behavior” or students risk the possibility of being opted out
Brigham Young University — owned by the Church of Latter-Day Saints — in Utah has removed flyers that promoted imaginative pamphlets for LGBTQ students in news student welcome bags.
The private college’s administration said it removed the resourceful information so students could contact the Office of Belongings, NBC News reported.
The booklets included details of regular LGBTQ events held off-campus, as well as local therapeutic resources, scholarship funding and mentoring. They were made by a non-profit organization called the Raynbow Collection, which is not affiliated with the school.
Maddison Tenney, an LGBTQ student at BYU, revealed that she was the one behind creating the booklets after experiencing loneliness at the Mormon-influenced university.
“I remember sitting in my white dorm with these cement walls and collapsing,” Tenney told NBC News. “I didn’t know anyone like me who wanted to be faithful and embrace the fullness of himself.”
However, according to Fox News, college students are not allowed to interact in “same-sex romantic behavior” or risk being signed out.
A pamphlet created by a freshman student at Bingham Young University (BYU) has been removed from new students’ welcome bags after it allegedly violated the college’s code of honor on same-sex relationships
The Mormon-influenced university said it removed pamphlets that provided news students with information about LGBTQ events because it wanted faculty to educate themselves with the Office of Belonging
The college caused confusion over its rules on gay relationships back in 2020 after removing portions of its honor code on the issue, The Washington Examiner reported.
Tenney said she had a contractual arrangement with BYU’s student newspaper, the Daily Universe, to put together the welcome bags and she paid a mandatory $200 fee.
In all, the young woman gave out 5,000 pamphlets, describing them as “very mundane, very consistent with the teachings of the Church.”
“We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure it’s kosher and compliant,” she told NBC News. ‘We didn’t hear anything but ‘It looks great’.’
Tenney then found out through a friend who is a resident at the school that the staff were instructed to remove the Raynbow Collective brochures from each welcome bag.
The student was then told by the Office of Student Life that her flyers were considered inappropriate for incoming students because they went against church principles and values.
University staff responded to NBC News’ request by stating that they “would like our students and staff to use our new Office of Affiliation as their primary resource in this effort.”
“The decision to remove Student Life’s materials was based on the university’s commitment to providing support through the Office of Belonging and our advisory services and not allowing outside entities to imply affiliation or endorsement by the university,” the statement said explanation further.
Brigham Young University has faced similar controversy in the past, which reported the school’s unacceptable attitude toward gay relationships, which was felt in 2020
The university’s Office of Belonging was established in August 2021 and is tasked with “focusing primarily on coordinating and enhancing on-campus belonging services and efforts.”
BYU was founded in 1875 by religious leader Brigham Young, whose name is the first two letters of the school’s initials.
It is based in Provo, Utah and is home to around 33,633 students.
The school was the subject of controversy in 2021 when it was revealed that queer students were banned from meeting on campus in an LGBTQ straight coalition group.
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