BYU, SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE, AND LGBT ACTIVISM Matt, Emil, Mike, and twenty-three other college-age activists visited BYU-Provo and BYU-Idaho, as part of the 2007 Soulforce Equality Ride to end religion based discrimination and spiritual violence against God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children. These three young gay men, who all grew up LDS, brought a uniquely Mormon perspective to the Equality Ride. Both as BYU students and as advocates for the full inclusion of LGBT individuals within the BYU communities, they have experienced spiritual violence directed at these members of the human family. They will share what they experienced during the 2007 Equality Ride visits to BYU and what they have learned about faith, love, service, and community through activism.
MATT KULISCH, EMIL POHLIG, and MIKE CRAMER