BYU: Man who disfigured LGBTQ chalk art is ‘not currently enrolled’ in school


A man who was filmed using a homophobic slur while washing a rainbow-colored chalk art message in support of LGBTQ + students at Brigham Young University is no longer studying at school.

The man is “not currently enrolled” in college, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. She did not say whether the man had given up or been kicked out.

The incident occurred on the evening of Thursday, August 26. Video captured the man pouring a container of water onto a rainbow colored “Y” block on the sidewalk in front of the stairs to the upper campus. He also used a homophobic slur. The video circulated on the Internet and on social networks.

BYU condemned the man’s actions and issued the following statement about the incident on August 27:

“We unequivocally condemn disrespectful and hurtful speech and behavior. There is no room for hate speech or prejudice of any kind, on our campus or in our community. The Honor Code explicitly states that each member of the BYU community has an obligation to respect others. The incident seen in a video circulating on social networks is currently under investigation. This behavior flies in the face of guidelines shared by President Worthen in his university conference address on Monday. We strive to create a community of belonging made up of students, faculty and staff whose hearts are bound by love. Every student and individual on our campus deserves to feel that belonging.

Less than a week earlier, BYU Chairman Kevin Worthen announced the creation of a membership office headed by a new vice-president-level administrator who will join Worthen’s cabinet, the presidential board.

President Worthen’s announcement came six months after being recommended by the official campus committee on race, fairness and belonging.


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