Located in Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Students must have to agree to an honor code that outlaws homosexual behavior.

According to the Princeton Review, BYU is ranked as "the second-most LGBTQ-unfriendly college in the U.S."

But former Brigham Young University student , Charlie Bird, would like to change that.

Bird, who served as the school’s mascot from 2015-2018 wrote a piece in Utah’s Deseret News about his experience as a closeted gay student at BYU.

The Huff Post says, that Bird "hopes his decision to come out publicly as gay in a newspaper essay inspires a deeper discussion of LGBTQ issues among Mormon churchgoers."

Bird wrote, “There are many people like me who suffer in silence, struggling to reconcile complicated ideas with thoughts, feelings and religious beliefs.”

He added, “I was hyper-aware of what some of my peers said about the gay community.... and the often unkind and insensitive words they used to describe LGBTQ people."



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