BYU Pulls Student’s Gay-Themed Photography from Group Show


Via Slog comes word of some censorship at Brigham Young University.

The artist, Michael, describes the project:

“These portraits are of students of BYU who identify themselves as homosexual and a person that supports them. With all of the dissenting views regarding this topic in the past few months I have felt very strongly about this project. The portraits will be shown in pairs. The idea is that there are gay and lesbian individuals not only in the Mormon culture, but also at BYU. I also chose to photograph someone who is a support to this person. This could be a family member or friend. This support person may also identify themselves as homosexual and both people may provide support to each other. I am not telling the viewer who identifies themselves as homosexual, because I hope the viewer will realize that placing a label with the portrait only creates divisions in our society and furthers stereotypes. It is my hope this body of work can be a vehicle for tolerance, support, love and change.”

Apparently that was too controversial a topic for the school and Michael’s works were taken down and the show rearranged. The artist found out from a friend who went to the show that his works had been removed. Here are a few more of the images.