A funny thing happened at BYU graduation

Let’s take our rays of hope where we can get ’em, people. Today, that means BYU. From this Washington Post article:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considers same-sex marriage to be a “serious transgression” — and, until this spring, treated Mormons involved in these unions as apostates, subject to church disciplinary hearings that could result in their excommunication.

So a commencement ceremony on Friday at Brigham Young University, the flagship academic institution of the Mormon Church, was an unlikely occasion for this pronouncement: “I stand before my family, friends and graduating class today to say that I am proud to be a gay son of God.”

The affirmation came from Matthew Easton, 24, who was being celebrated as the valedictorian in the political science department — and the graduating senior chosen to deliver remarks at the ceremony for the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences.

Take six minutes to watch young Mr. Easton speak his truth. It will make your day.

2 responses to “A funny thing happened at BYU graduation”

  1. Mister Smearcase says:


    That’s a youthful internet acronym* I made up for “can’t watch at work might cry at desk.”

    Except a character on some show I was watching snippily said to another that it’s not an acronym unless it spells a word so…other thing.

    Yay Great Whatsit post!

  2. Lisa Parrish says:

    It’s a Welsh word, or at least looks like one, so totally legit.

    Even the sister who was filming this didn’t know. It’s just so, so great.