Thursday, April 5, 2012

BYU-USGA Panel Thoughts

Hey Guys, here are my thoughts on the Panel from last night. I was out in the hall, but i was able to hear most of what was said.

One guy was married to a woman, but he downplayed that as "something that is extremely rare"

one of the others said they were planning on dating their own sex once the graduated and attending church because there are wards that let you do that.

the third was a girl, and i didn't quite follow her plans after byu.

the other was bisexual.

They talked about how they are converted to Jesus and the gospel, but not the church.

The 9th article of faith talks about mysteries. They implied Homosexuality may be one of these truths that will yet be revealed.

they said "don't ask someone who has just come out if they intend to live the gay lifestyle. What's the gay lifestyle even mean?"

I'll tell you what it means. Its romantically pursuing your same gender.

I guess I was frustrated.

The attendance showed just how hungry the BYU campus is for this type of info. I showed up 5 min early and the room had about 400 in it, but another 150 out side, many of whom stayed even tho they couldn't see, and had to stand.

here are some of the things i enjoyed.

seeing so many people interested in the event.

seeing people share experiences that I also had experienced, like being attracted to a friend, and the mortifying realizations that come as you're a kid.

seeing them, accepted, and seeing how they felt better about themselves.

some decent jokes

They were all members of USGA, understanding same gender attraction . a non official group that uses BYU space for its meetings. I heard some people in teh hall saying USGA actually stands for University straight gay alliance.

I found it interesting the group name has SGA, but never once did I hear them use the phrase Same gender attraction. It was always gay. I feel there is a difference.

I am thankful that they held the event. And for those who had the courage to put this on. Very brave to do so.

This is all based on my memories, and impressions. They didn't allow recording, so that's all I can go on.

I wish it would have been more of a faith promoting experience like some of the firesides, like the one held in idaho falls last year. I think BYU students would eat that up. It frustrates me that this is the main view that is presented at BYU.

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