fbpx
Connect with us

Community

LGBTQ Progressive News from the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints

BYU
The Y on Y Mountain east of Provo is lit in rainbow-flag colors to show support for the LGBTQ+ community on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Now before Congress, the Equality Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil rights laws. At the same time, the Fairness for All Act, introduced by Utah Rep. Chris Stewart, is also in the spotlight.

It takes tremendous courage to accept LGBTQ equality while still working to abandon prejudice.

The Y on Y Mountain east of Provo is lit in rainbow-flag colors to show support for the LGBTQ+ community on Thursday, March 4, 2021

On March 4th LGBTQ students at BYU light up the ‘Y’ in Rainbow Colors

The event marks the anniversary of when the university clarified that same-sex romantic behavior is “not compatible” with its rules.

Brigham Young University experienced bright bursts of rainbow colors Thursday night on the dark mountain that stands over Provo. An orange one would shine for a second and then extinguish. Another in purple would strike up a few feet away before flickering out.

In rows of rainbow colors, they took a distinct shape: The lights illuminated the letter “Y” on the mountain above Brigham Young University.

The powerful display was planned by a group of LGBTQ students at the private religious school. And while Bradley Talbot, a gay student who organized the event, said it wasn’t a protest, he acknowledged that it was meant to send a message of love. “We’re here,” he said. “And we’re part of this institution. We should have a place at the Y.” Talbot noted, too: “It’s a
display. We’re not vandalizing anything. We’re not breaking the law.”

About 40 students and allies took part in lighting the “Y.” The group spent days mapping out the 380-foot tall letter and determining where they would need to stand along its borders to light it up.

The “Y” has white lights installed on it, which the school traditionally lights for Homecoming or a win for its football team. Some said this was a “win” for the LGBTQ Community and allies. A few said BYU is their home. One saw it, too, as a rainbow pointing the way for BYU. The sign at the top of the trail to the letter even notes, “You made it!”

BYU - Y

BYU – Y

For myself, being an openly gay convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this marks a message of inclusion that I have felt from all members who have welcomed me in the fold of their church.

No matter what religion, faith background, sexual orientation, or race you have or are, I challenge you to choose love! Open your heart and it will clear your mind. Loving and accepting all is a true Christlike attribute. What if you don’t understand someone or something?

If you have a friend who is dealing with depression and you don’t have the comprehension of that experience, have you asked them what it’s like to be depressed? If you don’t understand why someone is gay, lesbian, bisexual, ask that person what it’s like to be that way. By listening, you gain knowledge. Learning leads to understanding, which broadens your empathy and causes you to love more. You develop Christ’s attribute of true charity.

Love,

Dennis Schleicher,

Best-selling author of; Is He Nuts?: Why a Gay Man Would Become a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ

  • white and brown house near green mountain under white sky during daytime

  • white and brown house near green mountain under white sky during daytime

Dennis Schleicher is currently the President of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. Schliecher is the best-selling author of "Is He Nuts?: Why a Gay Man Would Become a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ." As an in-demand public speaker, specializing in devotionals and social media marketing with the LDS church, Dennis’s relationship with many acquisition editors gives him a unique edge. Dennis is very active on Instagram and loves to interact with his audience there! Follow Dennis on Instagram @DenSchleicher

Join Disrupt Magazine

defi
Become A Disrupt Contributor

Most Disruptive

Real Estate Disruptors3 days ago

From Nothing To The Top 7% Percent In Real Estate With Joe And Lety Torres

What’s your backstory?    (Lety) We both have parents who immigrated to the US from Mexico. We were fortunate to...

Social Media1 week ago

Khaby Lame Becomes The Most Followed TikToker in The World

Khabane Lame was a machine operator but now trending and just became a star from an account he created on...

Tiger_Shroff Tiger_Shroff
Entertainment1 week ago

Meet Bollywood Star Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff has a long history in the film industry, starting before his birth. With prominent parents in the industry...

Amanda Bernardo Amanda Bernardo
Women Who Disrupt1 week ago

Meet “The Pizza Princess” Amanda Bernardo

If you live in or near New Haven, Connecticut, you may be familiar with the hidden gem that is “New...

Shirley_Setia Shirley_Setia
Women Who Disrupt1 week ago

Meet Upcoming Bollywood Star Shirley Setia

Shirley Setia is the little Kiwi that could. Coming out of seemingly nowhere with a hit cover on YouTube, she...

two people shaking hands two people shaking hands
Diversity in Tech2 weeks ago

How the Best Leaders Create and Build Trust in a Modern Workplace

Being a leader in any setting can be challenging but within professional settings, you really are juggling a lot at...

Jay Majors Jay Majors
Executive Voice3 weeks ago

How Jay Majors Is Disrupting The Barber Industry

When we see a successful figure in any industry, learning their story, where they came from, and how they’ve struggled...

Daymond JOhn Daymond JOhn
Executive Voice3 weeks ago

Daymond John Can’t be Stopped

Perhaps you know Daymond John from the wildly popular show Shark Tank. Or maybe you’re familiar with his revolutionary clothing...

Finance4 weeks ago

Ryan Carroll Establishes Wealth Assistants to Serve as a Launching Pad for Hopefuls Worldwide

Countless highly accomplished personalities and established authorities have proven that the pursuit of one’s passion can be a way to...

Business4 weeks ago

Social Media Star, TheBlondeJon’s Journey from Homelessness to Multimillionaire Status

A strong self-belief in oneself is a powerful enabler no matter the obstacles or challenges one faces on a journey....

Trending

Copyright © 2020 Disrupt ™ Magazine - Disrupt is a Minority Owned Privately Held Company

Disrupt ™ is the voice of Latino entrepreneurs around the world. We are part of a global movement to increase diversity in the technology industry and we are focused on using entrepreneurship to grow new economies in underserved communities around the world. We enable millennials to become what they want to become in life by learning new skills and leveraging the power of the digital economy. We are living proof that all you need to succeed in this new economy is a landing page and a dream. Disrupt tells the stories of the world top entrepreneurs, developers, creators, and digital marketers and help empower them to teach others the skills they used to grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose. We recognize the fact that most young people are opting to skip college in exchange for entrepreneurship and real-life experience. This Podcast was designed to give them a taste of that.