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Students thought their Mormon university was OK with gay people for a second. Oops.
Students kissed people of the same-sex in celebration of Brigham Young University’s (BYU) new honor code, which no longer prohibits “homosexual behavior.”
But the school is saying there was “some miscommunication” about what it means, leaving LGBTQ students confused about their rights on campus.
BYU is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church), which teaches that homosexuality is a “serious transgression” and whose members donated around $20 million to ban marriage equality in California in 2008.
According to Deseret News, BYU’s honor code used to say: “Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the honor code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”
The new honor code continues to assert that only a married man and woman should engage in sexual relations, but it no longer includes the section that mentioned “homosexual behavior.”
Teacher forbids student with lesbian moms from speaking in favor of same-sex marriage
Middle school teacher is suspended without pay after she 'squirted hand sanitizer into the mouth of a student who would not stop talking'
Did U.K.’s Most Prolific Serial Rapist Ignite a LGBTQ “Witch Hunt?"
“The case of Reynhard Sinaga has already provoked a backlash against LGBTIQ people in Indonesia,” says Paul Jansen, senior advisor for global advocacy at OutRight Action International. “Indonesian media sensationalized the case, presenting it not as the actions of one criminal, but rather as representative of the nature of all LGBTIQ people. In response, the city of Depok, south of Jakarta, has announced a witch hunt to chase LGBTIQ people out of the city, as ‘perverts and criminals have no place in the city.’ Other officials and other cities may follow suit. Rising hate speech is likely to increase hate-motivated discrimination, harassment, and violence against LGBTIQ people.”
In one example, Mohammad Idris, the mayor of Depok, recently directed police to weed out “LGBT behavior” and called on local agencies to stop the “spread of LGBT,” according to The Guardian. Using Sinaga’s crime as justification, Idris also vowed to launch a center in Depok to rehabilitate LGBTQ “victims.”
Gay teacher left “broken” after student’s homophobic dad threatened him with a knife
Pizza worker busted calling a customer a “fa***t” in viral video
Gay man beaten after another man thought he was flirting with him
Catholic school appears to force out two gay teachers because they’re engaged
The Archdiocese of Seattle is being accused of forcing two popular teachers to resign their positions due to their same-sex relationships. The teachers in question worked at Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Washington, and claim they found out about their ouster through a memo emailed to parents on Valentine’s Day.
Now, parents, students, and local councilmembers are calling out the archdiocese for the unpopular decision. The Archdiocese of Seattle maintains that the teacher’s resignations were voluntary.
A protest is being planned on Tuesday morning in front of the archdiocese, while students will stage a walkout that afternoon, when they return to class.
Paul Danforth – an English teacher – and Michelle Beattie – the a health & wellness teacher and soccer coach – both became engaged to partners of the same sex recently. Danforth was proposed to by his fiancee at Disneyland in November.
University professor takes offense to 'OK, Boomer' insult: 'Like calling someone a n****r'
A journalism professor at the University of Oklahoma compared calling someone a "boomer" (a jokingly derogatory reference to an older person) to calling someone a racial slur during a class, according to the OU Daily student newspaper.
Florida Teacher Confronts Fifth-Grader on Gay Rumors in Front of Class
A Florida teacher confronted a fifth-grade student about her sexual orientation in front of her classmates.
The instructor at Northport K-8 in Port St. Lucie — whose name has not been reported — grilled the student in the classroom last week about rumors circulating the school that she was dating another girl, reports WPTV, a local NBC affiliate.
"She asked them if they were together if they were dating as a couple together, and she asked them in a way that they felt they were in trouble," said Jezenia Gambino, the mother of the fifth-grader.
Jehovah's Witnesses reportedly under investigation by Pennsylvania attorney general
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office reportedly is investigating whether the Jehovah's Witnesses repeatedly failed to report child sexual abuse allegations to authorities in what is believed to be the first wide-scale examination by a U.S. law enforcement agency.
The attorney general's office told USA TODAY it "cannot confirm or deny the existence of investigations."
"Witnesses believe that they’re obeying God, that they’re putting God’s law ahead of man's law," he said. "And the reality is that they’re harming people."
Lawsuits filed across the country since the 1990s have accused the Jehovah's Witnesses and their legal corporations — including the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc. — of failing to report child abuse.
Middle School Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teen At Her Home, Including While Her Own Child Was Present
Man arrested for skipping sexual assault trial to see girl he met online
Ex-teacher harassed, ousted from Upper East Side middle school for being gay: suit
A former social studies teacher at an Upper East Side public middle school was relentlessly hectored by students and colleagues — and eventually let go — because he is gay and stood up for a bullied student, a new lawsuit alleges.
During his two-year tenure as a full-time teacher at Robert F. Wagner Middle School, Robert Halkitis suffered a campaign of harassment that included vandals scrawling a slur on his bulletin board and a student calling him a “f—ing f—-t” in his classroom, alleges a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday.
The torment also included a school clerk suggesting that he was having a sexual relationship with a male colleague on school grounds, court papers say.
Parents Outraged After Teacher Gives Assignment Asking Students to ‘Set Your Price for a Slave’
Parents of students at a St. Louis elementary school are calling for greater cultural sensitivity after a fifth-grade teacher handed out an assignment asking students to “set a price for your slave.”
The teacher at Blades Elementary School has been placed on paid administrative leave amid outrage over the assignment, which was meant to teach students about market practices, a spokeswoman for the Mehlville School District Superintendent confirms to PEOPLE.
The prompt went viral on Facebook after it was shared by Lee Hart, who said her friend’s child had brought the assignment home from school.
A former West Virginia teacher and 2 aides were arrested after alleged abuse was caught on secret recordings
Suspecting her 6-year-old daughter with autism was being abused at school, a West Virginia mother hid a recording device in her daughter's hair, court documents say. On Friday, the girl's former teacher and two former aides were arrested, the state's attorney general said.
Christina Lester, the former teacher, and June Yurish and Kristin Douty, former aides, were charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse or neglect, according to a press release from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Amber Pack was concerned when her daughter Adri came home with bruises from Berkeley Heights Elementary in October. The marks appeared to be pressure bruises from tight grips, said Ben Salango, an attorney for the Pack family.
Gay-Supportive Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Suspended
An LGBTQ-supportive Roman Catholic priest in New York City has been suspended from his ministry due to an allegation of sexual misconduct.
The Rev. John Duffell “has been directed not to publicly exercise his priestly ministry due to an allegation from the past that he abused his position of authority in a violation of his promise of celibacy,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, wrote in a July 1 letter to Duffell’s parishioners at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, the Catholic News Agency reports.
Court sides with student expelled from university over homophobia
Christian school teacher who scolded girls to be modest was molesting male students
Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit
Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese places deacon on leave over allegation
NDAs: Millionaire given secrecy order over sex assault claims
A senior British establishment figure was given anonymity after accusations of sexual harassment and assault in an employment case, it has been reported.
The Times reported that one woman said she was groped at his country house and another that she was sexually assaulted in his private office.
The women signed "gagging orders" in return for large payouts.
It means the man, who denies the claims, cannot be named and his identity was concealed in court papers.
The Times said it had been fighting for a year to be allowed to name the multi-millionaire businessman, who is described by the paper as having extensive connections in British politics and society.
French priest defrocked for abusing Scouts in landmark case
Indonesia’s top court jails woman who reported sexual harassment
Youth group leader, 22, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl several times - as his cars are taken by police for examination
Brooklyn teacher admits to sexually abusing 14-year-old student
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein arrested on sex trafficking charges
An anti-gay church pastor confessed to sexually abusing underage boys
Shocking video captures 'brave' 13-year-old girl fighting off, escaping attempted kidnapping