LDS, LGBTQ & BYU
In a talk that LDS Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland gave at Brigham Young University earlier this week, he criticized faculty members and students who have challenged the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s teachings on same-sex marriage.
His speech has ruffled more than a few feathers. Holland called upon faithful LDS Church members to train “musket fire” on those who would criticize the church from within and said that BYU should hold the line on the faith’s policy regarding LGBTQ members, even if it costs the school “professional associations and certifications.” This Friday at noon we’re examining Holland’s speech and asking where the church is heading on the issue of LGBTQ rights.
You can read Jeffrey R. Hollands' BYU Aug. 23, 2021 talk here.
- Matthew Harris is a professor of history at Colordao State University-Pueblo. His most recent book is Watchman on the Tower: Ezra Taft Benson and the Making of the Mormon Right.
- Taylor Petrey is an associate professor of religion at Kalamazoo College and the author most recently of Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism.
- Kendall Wilcox is a queer Mormon media producer and an participant in Mormons Building Bridges, a grassroots grouping a grassroots group working to improve relationships between the LDS Church and the LGBTQ community.
- Madi Hawes is a queer Mormon student at BYU and a co-founder of the on-campus advocacy group BYU-Q.