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GRIFT: $40,000 Raised for LGBTQ Students Over BYU’s Longstanding Same-Sex Policy

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As we reported a few days ago, BYU students held a protest over their University’s longstanding policy banning same-sex relationships on campus. This protest came due to some confusion regarding the removal of a portion of the student code of conduct specifically referencing (and banning) homosexual relationships.

Some students thought BYU’s removal of this section meant same-sex relationships were now allowed on campus. This was not the case. That should have been obvious to the students considering the University is run on Mormon values by the Mormon Church.

Since this story has made headlines, there have been several additional protests across the country (in Utah, Idaho, New York, etc.). Some protests even had hundreds of attendees.

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Just like the protesters at the BYU campus, New York protesters had similar tactics.

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Mant NY protestors purported that BYU is neither loving nor caring towards its LGBTQ students. Some protesters at the New York event chanted, “BYU, there’s no excuse. This is human rights abuse.”

The narrative being pushed in these protests isn’t exactly fair, though. It seems the school did the exact opposite of abusing or hating on LGBTQ students.

As we stated last week, the director of BYU’s Honor Code Office actually “encouraged all members of our campus community to reach out to those who are personally affected with sensitivity, love and respect.”

In addition to the new protests, a ‘Go Fund Me’ was setup by The Out Foundation, an advocacy group for BYU’s LGBTQ students. The organization is raising money for students who want to transfer schools due to the lack of policy change.

The fundraiser has been relatively successful. They started with goal of $10,000, but they’re currently at over $36,000.

On their ‘Go Fund Me’ page, they state,

In a cruel bait-and-switch, BYU announced 2 weeks ago that homosexual dating and behavior was going to be allowed by the Honor Code, only to fully renege said statements yesterday. In that brief time period, many queer BYU students have come out and displayed acts of queerness on campus (taking and posting pictures of themselves kissing/holding hands with people of their same sex, etc). These same students are now at risk for punishment from the Honor Code.

Their explanation of the events is slightly misleading.

First, the school never “announced” that homosexuality would be “allowed by the honor code.” Second, the school apologized for any confusion, and explained the events, showing it wasn’t meant to be a “bait-and-switch.”

The real story here is not that BYU is going to continue the same policy they’ve had for years.

The real story is that there are LGBTQ students who applied and began attending BYU, knowing full well that same-sex relationships were against school policy, and now want to play victim.

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Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel

Post-pandemic America will not look the same.

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Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.

In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates. 

Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.” 

Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.

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According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”

Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:

If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.  

Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain. 

If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.

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