These clips were all so thought provoking and truly brought issues to light and put forth topics thought of as complex to be quite simple. Focusing on the first video we watched, “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis I felt reminiscent. My mom would play this song frequently when it first came and choregraphed lots of dance combos for her classes. I never knew it took a focus on gay marriage till much later (about two years ago). However, I’m glad I didn’t see that till later because I feel like it gave me a real perspective of the song, it’s about Love. There’s no need to get confused about who’s in a relationship with who, it’s important to know that there is love and will always be love. This is why I always loved to dance to it, because it reminded me to love because that’s the light that holds us to the world. Then heterophobia video was really striking to me, because it spoke a truth. If the world was only gay and heterosexuals were out of the norm, we would be living in exact parallel of today. As I watched the parents who were offended by anything that had to do with heterosexual behavior, I was appalled. How could someone be so volatile to something they don’t fully understand or want to even try to understand? I have always felt this way towards people who think that way, and I think that’s due to my parents and the environment I grew up in. Being a part of the dance world it’s quite common to find gay men and lesbian women. My mom was friends with a large community of LGBTQ people, and inherently so was I. While my dad was super conservative, my mom influenced him to be open minded and so I was taught to be so as well. I was always taught from a young age that homosexuals are daughters and sons of Heavenly Father too, and that while we didn’t support what they chose to do sexually, we love them as people and as our friends no matter what. My dad would always talk to me about political situations in cases where people would refuse service to homosexuals. That if I was a bakery and got an order for a gay pride cake, I should make it because all I’m doing is my job. But, if I was just to make one without being asked that would be promoting something that’s not my belief. So I have the right to support what I want to support, but if I should treat everyone equally and bake them a cake if the order a cake. As I got older and couldn’t imagine how people could be so cruel to people who were homosexual and go as far as to push those people towards suicide. Sadly, those hateful people exist, and even if the roles were to be switched the result would be the same, because it’s hard to love someone when you shove a wall between you and them. The last video set forth by BYU-Provo really struck home for me, because of my best friend and my brother. My best friend is asexual and attends Provo and worries about telling others because they’ll judge her for not wanted to get married. My brother has rejected the church and become bisexual and I really want him to come back to the gospel. He also won’t date a Mormon girl because he’s afraid his beliefs will only disappoint her. These people at BYU are proof that it’s okay to be different, that it doesn’t change your testimony or the fact that the gospel is true. I was actually surprised that we don’t have something like that on this campus, that feels so much more open and diverse than Provo. Especially with how high the LGBTQ population is at this school, since I know the majority of my friends on campus that are gay and bisexual. So this video gave me hope that things are “getting better” and maybe everyone can understand the reality of LGBTQ and how simple parts of it is in relation to the gospel, to life, and human thought. I know that when looking at these topics as a whole makes things complex, but for me everything is simple, because at the end of the day we’re all just trying to live life and make the best choices for ourselves.