安溪茶叶批发市场BYUvaledictorianMattEastoncomesoutasgayduringgraduationspeech

2020-02-06   阅读:110

  安溪茶叶批发市场BYU valedictorian Matt Easton comes out as gay during graduation speechBYU valedictorian Matt Easton comes out as gay during graduation speech Provo, Utah -- Brigham Young University valedictorian Matt Easton came out as gay while delivering his graduation speech Friday, reports CBS Salt Lake City affiliate KUTV.Eastons speech, which he gave to BYUs College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences as the political science valedictorian, was met with applause and cheers from thousands in attendance.During that speech, Easton said, "I stand before my family, friends, and graduating class today to say that I am proud to be a gay son of God."On Sunday, Easton talked exclusively with KUTV about his decision to come out of the closet in public."Not many people are given a platform where they can speak in front of all their peers and these peers families," he said. "I was nervous. Im still a little nervous about it. You know theres people that are telling me I went too far, people telling me I didnt go far enough. Ultimately, I had to do what felt right to me."Easton said hed told close family members and friends he is gay but had never said so publicly.Eastons speech was reviewed and approved by BYU officials before he gave it.Easton said, "I have felt another triumph; that of coming to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me to be. As such, I stand before the Lord, my family, my graduating class today to say that I am proud to be a gay son of God."The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that being attracted to members of the same sex isnt a sin but acting on those feelings, including being in a gay relationship, is sinful.Can Easton live the life he wants as a gay member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?"There comes a time when Im going to have to start thinking about these questions , you know?" he replied. "Am I going to get married? Am I going to have children? What are these pressures that my family and my parents want for me to do? Are they a reality for me? Um... those are some pretty hard questions and I dont have the answers to all of them."Easton says finding support after coming out publicly is enough to get started."I just felt more support from such a large body than Ive ever felt before, and I think that everyone deserves to have that feeling," Easton said. "Overall, on the day to day, my experience at BYU was quite wonderful."Easton graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point index.BYUs Honor Code doesnt ban gay students from the school but says students would be in violation of the code if they engage in what the school defines as "homosexual behavior," which not only includes having sexual relations with members of the same sex but all forms of physical intimacy that "give expression to homosexual feelings."

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