USU Students Light Building In Rainbow Colors In Solidarity With Queer BYU Students
Despite howling wind, more than 150 people gathered at Utah State University as advocates shone flashlights in a rainbow pattern on Old Main to support LGBTQ+ students at BYU. “This is in response to the rainbow Y that was put up, and we’re just trying to send our signal back down there,” said Cameron Moellendorf, LGBTQ+ intern for USU’s Inclusion Center.
The event, organized by the USU Queer Student Alliance, was in response to BYU students hiking up to the hillside Y above Provo and using multicolored flashlights to shine a rainbow pattern on it. The BYU demonstration was done anonymously and gained widespread attention online, with many people interpreting it as criticism of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns BYU, and many sharing it as a show of support for BYU students. Read the rest of the story on HJnews.com.
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