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Gay Mormon Students From Brigham Young University Produce 'It Gets Better' Video

Posted: 04/ 6/2012 12:44 pm Updated: 04/ 7/2012 6:17 pm

Gay Byu Video

In what has been described as a "groundbreaking" move by some in the LGBT blogosphere, a group of gay Mormon students from Brigham Young University (BYU) have produced a stunningly poignant "It Gets Better" video on the heels of a campus forum on homosexuality.

Based in Provo, Utah, the university is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. An estimated 98 percent of the student body are practicing Mormons, and all are required to follow an honor code, which includes adherence to dress and grooming standards and abstinence from extramarital sex, among other restrictions.

As After Elton notes, it was only a few years ago that the school changed the honor code, permitting LGBT students to enroll. At present, an estimated 1,800 LGBT students are currently enrolled at BYU, according to statistics seen in the video.

Many in the video speak out about internal conflicts they experienced as they entered adolescence. "It absolutely terrified me, naturally. I truly believed in this church, and these feelings didn't coincide with that church," one student explains. Adds another: "I just felt that I needed to just kill myself because the heartbreak of me dying would be less than the heartbreak my parents would experience if I came out to them."

Check out some other 'It Gets Better' videos below:

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  • President Obama

  • Zachary Quinto

  • Chris Colfer

  • Hillary Clinton

  • Adam Levine

  • Stephen Colbert

  • Chaz Bono

  • Ellen DeGeneres

  • Eric Stonestreet & Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 'Modern Family'

  • Jane Lynch & Lara Embry

  • Margaret Cho

  • Dan Savage & Terry Miller

  • Kathy Griffin

  • Vinny Guadagnino, 'Jersey Shore'

  • Joe Biden

  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

  • Neil Patrick Harris

  • Jake Shears

  • Sia

  • Adam Lambert

  • Perez Hilton

  • Michael Urie

  • Eve

  • Max Adler From 'Glee'

  • Andy Cohen

  • Chicago Cubs

  • Boston Red Sox

  • Janet Mock

  • Ben Cohen, British Rugby Player

  • Hudson Taylor, Columbia University Wrestling Coach

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Filed by Curtis M. Wong  |