In April of 2019 Brigham Young University valedictorian Matt Easton came out as a faithful gay Mormon during his valedictorian address, which was pre-approved by the LDS Church. Matt’s speech received very positive national media attention, including an appearance on the Ellen Show. Matt is currently attending U.C. Berkeley as a Political Science Ph.D. student.
Last week, Mormon apostle Jeffrey R. Holland publicly “called out” Matt Easton, accusing him of “commandeering” the 2019 graduation ceremony. His exact words were:
“If a student commandeers a graduation podium intended to represent everyone getting diplomas in order to announce his personal sexual orientation, what might another speaker feel free to announce the next year until eventually anything goes? What might commencement come to mean — or not mean — if we push individual license over institutional dignity for very long? Do we simply end up with more divisiveness in our culture than we already have? And we already have too much everywhere.”
Please join us on August 29, 2021 at 1:30pm Utah time as Matt Easton shares with us his Mormon story, and responds to Elder Holland’s irresponsible attacks.
- Matt Easton’s Valedictorian address.
- Matt’s appearance on Ellen.
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s BYU Speech attacking Matt