2007 Equality Ride West Bus Route: Brigham Young University

Brigham Young UniversityThe Equality Ride stop at Brigham Young University was March 21-22, 2007.

The Equality Riders who organized the stop at Brigham Young University are Kourt Osborn and Matthew Kulisch.

Kourt Osborn Kourt Osborn
Matthew Kulisch Matthew Kulisch


The List of Concerns/Grievances was over 55 pages long and contained the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students — current and former — as well as their friends and family members and was presented to the BYU administration during our visit to campus. BYU did not accept the List when delivered by an Equality Rider and his mother on Thursday, March 22, 2007. The list was later mailed to the BYU administration. Thank you for helping make BYU a safer place for LGBT people and a better place for all.

On Tuesday, March 20th, the Equality Riders went to Metropolitan Community Church in Salt Lake City (@ 823 South 600 East) where they gave two presentations, one on Progressive Theology and another on Transgender Identity.

On Wednesday, March 21st, the Equality Riders and LDS Family Fellowship sponsored a Panel Presentation at the Provo City Library (550 N University Ave ). This was an opportunity to hear from the LGBT community at BYU, including current students, about their experiences with the BYU campus environment. The panel presentation began at 7pm and the room was filled to almost standing room only.

On Thursday, March 22nd, the Equality Riders and members of the Utah communities held a peaceful walk around BYU’s campus. Like the Walls of Jericho in ancient times, BYU has walls that need to come down. We affirm that attitudes and actions motivated by fear, oppression, and misunderstanding towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people have no place at BYU or any other institution of higher learning. Community members joined with us in red clothing and walked peacefully in solidarity as a testament to the LGBT students on campus that we are not sick and sinful, but loved and accepted children of a masterful, intentional Creator.

The walk began at 10 AM and went 4 PM. After the walk at 5 PM in Kiwanis Park (820 North 1100 East / Provo, UT) we held a Community Rally where current BYU students and community members spoke about their experiences of being LGBT at BYU and the LDS church. Thank you for helping make BYU a safer place for LGBT people and a better place for all.

Read about Brigham Young University and GLBT equality or take a look at an official letter received from the Church of Ladder-day Saints.