1465: Elder Holland – Losing Control Over Mormon LGBTQ Support at BYU
August 26, 2021
Join John, Gerardo, Carah, and Kyle Ashworth (host of Latter Gay Stories Podcast), as we discuss Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland’s August 23 speech to faculty at Brigham Young University during the first day of the 2021 university conference.
During his speech, Elder Holland condemned:
1) a recent BYU valedictorian for coming out as gay during his commencement address;
2) a recent uptick in LGBTQ-affirming demonstrations at BYU and;
3) a recent surge in LGBTQ support from BYU students and faculty.
Holland’s comments appear to be in response to concerns expressed by orthodox, ultra-conservative LDS adults, who fear that BYU is becoming too LGBTQ-affirming.
Holland invoked war metaphors, including: “I am grateful we have scholars today who can handle, as it were, both trowels and muskets.”