|If you are at imminent risk for self-harm please go to the Madison Memorial Emergency Room. For individuals who are at risk for harming themselves or are having a similar significant crisis, please dial 211 to access the Idaho Careline and be prepared to select Option 3. For students who are actively meeting with a BYU-Idaho counselor and are at risk for harming themselves or having a similar significant crisis, please call 208-496-HELP (208-496-4357.)|
Same-sex attraction refers to emotional, physical, romantic, or sexual attraction to a person of the same gender. People who experience same-sex attraction may or may not choose to use a sexual orientation label to describe themselves. Either way, same-sex attraction is a technical term describing the experience without imposing a label. This website uses this term to be inclusive of people who are not comfortable using a label, not to deny the existence of a gay, lesbian, or bisexual identity. How people choose to identify may change over time.
Adapted from: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/topics/gay/about?lang=eng accessed 6/17/20
Sadly, anxiety, depression, social difficulties, feelings of isolation, and even suicidal thoughts may arise for individuals experiencing same-gender attraction. If you would like additional support please contact the BYU-I Counseling Center at 208-496-9370.
(The following resources are not created, maintained, or controlled by BYU-Idaho and are intended to serve as an educational resource. BYU-Idaho does not endorse any content that is not in keeping with university policy or doctrines and teaching of the Church.)
- Interview with Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Lance B. Wickman: “Same-Gender Attraction”
- Book: Voice(s) of hope by Ty Mansfield
- Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Loneliness/Increasing social connections, Perfectionism.