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Activists Light Up Mormon University’s Iconic Y With Rainbow Colors

Author: Neal Broverman

A giant Y that adorns a mountain near the private, Mormon-affiliated Brigham Young University was lit with rainbow-colored lights Thursday evening by LGBTQ+ activists, prompting a rebuke from BYU.
The temporary queer takeover of the iconic Y took place in honor of the Utah university’s unofficial Rainbow Day. The event was first held last year following BYU officials editing their honor code in February 2020; the alteration initially appeared to condone same-sex “physical intimacy” on campus, like hugging, kissing, and holding hands. Then on March 4, 2020, BYU administrators informed students that school policy didn’t in fact change and open same-sex affection was still against university rules.
Color the Campus, an unauthorized LGBTQ+ group at BYU, organized the Thursday event, which involved approximately 40 students utilizing 76 flashlights to add rainbow colors to the Y. The hour-long event concluded at 9 p.m., and as the participants walked down the trailhead connecting to the Y they were greeted by parked cars blaring Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” The students also encountered university police at the base of the mountain, but no one was arrested or questioned.

Bradley Talbot, a gay student who organized the event, told The Salt Lake Tribune, “We’re here. And we’re part of this institution. We should have a place at the Y.” Of the university’s actions last March 4, Talbot added, “That day felt like a betrayal for a lot of LGBTQ students. It was traumatic. So this was a day for us to reclaim that and try to turn it into something positive.”
The action at the Y and the university’s response generated a lot of discussion on Twitter.

Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Neal Broverman

My name is David but my online nick almost everywhere is Altabear. I'm a web developer, graphic artist and outspoken human rights (and by extension, mens rights) advocate. Married to my gorgeous husband for 10 years, together for 24 and living with our partner of 1.5 years, in beautiful Edmonton, Canada.

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