BYU bumps broadcast – Far Right – Brigham Young University – broadcast of conversion therapy for gay men – Brief Article
A minor decision at Brigham A Young University’s TV stations is a major coup for gay men and lesbians in Utah. Just days after announcing that they would broadcast a lecture advocating conversion therapy for gay men, officials at the Mormon-run school changed their minds.
Jim Bell, a representative for BYU’s broadcasting services, said leaders at the Provo, Utah, school were concerned that the lecture, by psychotherapist Jeff Robinson, might be an oversimplification of a complex issue, so they decided to pull the program.
Michael Mitchell, executive director of the gay group Unity Utah, called the decision a victory for gay people across the state. “The people of Utah need to understand there are gays and lesbians here,” he said. “We have families, we pay taxes, and we’re here to stay. They need to be put on notice that there are people who are going to confront them on stupid things like this–whether it’s bad legislation or whether it’s inflammatory events like this.”
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