Brigham Young University removes LGBTQ brochures from freshman welcome bags

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Brigham Young University removes LGBTQ pamphlets from freshmen welcome bags for violating religious college policy on same-sex relationships

  • Mormon-influenced college says it wants students to refer to its new home office
  • Brochures contained information about off-campus LGBTQ events and resources for scholarship funding and mentoring
  • A student said she had a contractual agreement with BYU’s student newspaper, Daily Universe, to assemble the welcome bags
  • She also revealed that she had to pay a mandatory $200 college fee
  • BYU’s honor code has already caused confusion about its acceptance of ‘homosexual romantic behavior’ or students risk not being enrolled

Brigham Young University — owned by the Church of Latter-day Saints — in Utah has removed flyers advertising resourceful brochures for LGBTQ students in new student welcome bags.

The private college’s administration said it removed helpful information so students could refer to its home office, NBC News reported.

The brochures included details of regular off-campus LGBTQ events, as well as local therapeutic resources, scholarship funding, and mentorship. They were made by a non-profit organization called RaYnbow Collection, which is not affiliated with any school.

Maddison Tenney, an LGBTQ student at BYU, revealed that she was behind the creation of the pamphlets after experiencing loneliness at Mormon-influenced college.

“I remember sitting in my white dorm with these cement walls and falling apart,” Tenney told NBC News. “I didn’t know anyone who was like me, who wanted to be faithful and embrace the fullness of themselves.”

Students, however, are not allowed to interact in “homosexual romantic behavior” or risk being unenrolled, according to Fox News.

A QR code on the brochure would give students access to off-campus LGBTQ resources

A brochure made by a freshman at Bingham Young University (BYU) has been removed from the welcome bags of new students after allegedly violating the college’s honor code on same-sex relationships

The Mormon-influenced university said it removed the brochures, which provided information about LGBTQ events to new students, because it wanted faculty to check with the Membership Office.

The Mormon-influenced university said it removed the brochures, which provided information about LGBTQ events to new students, because it wanted faculty to check with the Membership Office.

The college has already caused confusion over its rules on same-sex relationships in 2020 after removing sections of its honor code relating to the subject, The Washington Examiner reported.

Tenney said she had a contractual agreement with BYU’s student newspaper, Daily Universe, to assemble the welcome bags and paid a mandatory $200 fee.

In total, the young woman distributed 5,000 pamphlets, describing them as “very vanilla, very in tune with the teachings of the church”.

“We really tried to make sure it was kosher and in line with the policy,” she told NBC News. “We didn’t hear anything more, ‘Sounds great’.”

Tenney later found out through a friend who works as a resident assistant at the school that staff were instructed to remove RaYnbow collective brochures from each welcome bag.

The student was later informed by the Office of Student Life that her flyers were deemed inappropriate for incoming students as they went against the principles and values ​​of the church.

University staff responded to NBC News’ survey by saying they “would like our students and employees to use our new membership office as a primary resource in these efforts.”

“The decision to remove the documents from Student Life was based on the university’s commitment to provide support through the Office of Membership and our advisory services and not to allow outside entities to imply university affiliation or endorsement,” the statement continued.

Brigham Young University has been subject to similar controversies in the past that point to the school's non-acceptance stance on same-sex relationships, especially in 2020.

Brigham Young University has been subject to similar controversies in the past that point to the school’s non-acceptance stance on same-sex relationships, especially in 2020.

The University Membership Office was established in August 2021 and its mission is to “primarily focus on the coordination and improvement of membership services and efforts on campus”.

BYU was founded in 1875 by religious leader Brigham Young, whose name represents the first two letters of the school’s initials.

It is based in Provo, Utah and has approximately 33,633 students.

The school was the subject of controversy in 2021 when it was revealed that gay students were prohibited from meeting in a heterosexual LGBTQ alliance group on campus.

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