On August 23, 2021 Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland spoke to staff at Brigham Young University during the first day of the institution’s 2021 university conference. During his speech Elder Holland condemned: 1) a recent BYU valedictorian for “coming out” as gay during his graduation commencement address, 2) a recent uptick in LGBTQ-affirming demonstrations at BYU, and 3) a recent surge in LGBTQ support by BYU students and faculty. His comments appear to be in response to a corresponding surge in concerns expressed by orthodox ultra conservative/Deznat-affirming LDS church adults who are concerned that BYU is becoming to LGBTQ affirming (descending into “Babylon”). During his speech Elder Holland invoked war metaphors, including the statement, “I am grateful we have scholars today who can handle, as it were, both trowels and muskets.”
Today we will talk with Kyle Ashworth (host of Latter-Gay Stories Podcast) and Gerardo about the recent events. The main topic will be: is the LDS Church losing control over LGBTQ support at BYU and church-wide?
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