Religious BYU Valedictorian Comes Out

Matt Easton / Screenshot via YouTube @Matt Easton

Looks like Brigham Young University is getting a lot of gay representation lately.

Earlier this year, the man behind the Cosmo mascot, that went viral a few years ago, came out as gay. And now, the school’s valedictorian has done the same.


Matt Easton recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in political science. In addition, he received the honor of being his class’s valedictorian. While giving his graduation speech in front of the entire college, Easton also decided to come out.

“I stand before my family, friends, and graduating class today to say that I am proud to be a gay son of God. I am not broken. I am loved and important in the plan of our Great Creator. Each of us are.”

“Four years ago, it would have been impossible for me to imagine that I would come out to my entire college,” he added. “It is a phenomenal feeling. And it is a victory for me in and of itself.”

Thankfully, Easton was met with nothing but cheers from students, faculty, and families from the Christian institution.


It’s important to note why Matt Easton’s speech was so significant. BYU is a religious school in Provo, Utah with an honor code that forbids “homosexual behavior” and “all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.” Anyone caught violating this rule can be expelled.

That said, heterosexual couples are also punished if found “sexually touching.” In that case, the worst possible punishment is probation or possibly having diplomas withheld.

As such, openly acknowledging his sexuality isn’t against the school’s rules, but it still creates a face to the voiceless LGBTQ student body.

Afterward, Easton posted to social media to talk more about the moment and his time at the school.


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