Thursday, February 25, 2010

No Regrets

There seems to be a common theme among gay mormon blogs lately, and I wanted to chip in. "Am I happy to be gay?"

I can definitively say that since the day I admitted to myself that I was gay and I didn't want to deny it any longer, I have never for one instance wished I weren't gay. I can honestly say that I LOVE being gay. Does that mean I make my life one gigantic rainbow parade? No. Like Chedner I don't see being gay as "just another characteristic" of my persona. I love who I am. I love where my life is. I love my boyfriend and my group of supportive friends. I would be lying to myself if I said that I would be mostly the same person if I weren't gay. I can honestly say, if given the choice to magically turn straight, I would not take it. I value who I am too much to trade it away. This post got all sappy and "I love myself" very fast. Oh well.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Honor Code Spies

About a week ago, my boyfriend and I talked to someone who used to work for the Honor Code office at BYU. This person is gay, and he used to chat with people on a fake profile on connexion . What we didn't know before was that (according to what he told us about a week ago) he had been told by officials at the Honor Code office to create this fake profile to catch gay BYU students.

I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was. It seemed ridiculous to me that the HCO would commission its employees to commit a form of identity theft (via using someone else's photos to create a profile on a social networking site). Having seen the workings of the HCO firsthand though, I know that such practices wouldn't be beyond them. Ethics have no place in the HCO.

In response to this shocking revelation, Rev. Dennis Busch of eGRACE International has instituted a new program to verify that online profiles are not being used by Honor Code spies. If you would like to certify your online profile, whether it be connexion, facebook, myspace, etc., please follow this link and register. Together with eGRACE, we can all create a more secure online environment.