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Students At Utah University Are Protesting Homophobia

The TikTok group Black Menaces is leading the charge.

Students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, are fighting back against homophobia.

The Black Menaces, a TikTok page that questions Brigham Young University students about social issues, has partnered with the Religious Exemption Accountability Project for a “Strike Out Homophobia” walkout on Tuesday, October 11, which is National Coming Out Day.

In a video, Sebastian Stewart-Johnson, content coordinator and editor for the Black Menaces said, “We are walking out to protest the end of legal discrimination by religious universities against queer individuals.” Stewart-Johnson is calling on students nationwide to become involved in the peaceful protest. They hope for Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school that receives federal funding, to be enforced for students in private religious schools that are usually exempt from the law.

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Brigham Young University is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which forbids any sexual orientation that is not heterosexual. Notably, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints didn’t allow Black men to be priests until 1978 and considered Black people to be “cursed with dark skin as punishment for Cain’s murder of his brother,” according to The New York Times.

See the video below:

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