I was raised in a home where I knew that my faith wasn't 100% with homosexuals, but my parents never ever EVER taught me to hate or turn my nose up at people who were gay. I lived in a moderately liberal town for most of my life and so was surrounded by individuals who would come out and admit their sexual orientation. I have friends who are gay and relatives who are gay. So when I would, on the rare occasion, encounter homophobic individuals in my hometown, my new place of living and amongst my own peers in my religion, it was a little bit shocking. It is also shocking to see and hear on the news certain religions claiming that God hates anyone who is gay. It just makes me sad.
So to see BYU, a school seen by many to be full of those Mormon freaks who hate "the gays" and all sorts of obnoxious pre-conceived notions and assumptions, put out a video like this, it is such a relief in my heart to finally have video proof that we, the LDS faith, do not hate gay people. There are gay mormons in the world! Fancy that!
One of the people in the video is a classmate (and good acquaintance) of mine and he frequently talks about how amazing his mission was and he will talk about the truth of the gospel and I love that he is able to embrace the gospel and his sexuality at the same time.
These people, though, have a long journey up ahead of them. I'm struggling to see how it "gets better" but I guess if they're confident that it will, then I am too.
This post is fairly short because all I really want to do is promote this amazing video and the amazing souls who bear their testimonies and pour their souls out for the world to see. I love the honesty and the earnestness in each of their faces. It's absolutely touching.
Tomorrow is a busy day: going to the Museum of Art on campus tomorrow morning, Mariah is having her bridal shower in the afternoon, and me and Ryan have tickets to see a showing of the BYU Final Cut Film Festival (which I did not enter this year. Maybe next!). It promises to be an amazing day (maybe I'll finish clothes shopping, and possibly clean the apartment), and I hope you all have a great night/day!