"Same-Sex Attracted"

"SAME-SEX ATTRACTED" is an incredibly powerful ensemble piece that presents the real, never-before-seen experience of being queer at “the Lord’s University."

In "SAME-SEX ATTRACTED", two LGBTQ alumni follow a handful of their fellow LGBTQ and Same-Sex Attracted peers at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University (BYU) as rumors of a potential relationship between the school’s only unofficial LGBTQ student group and the administration bubble up from the underground queer communities around campus.

  • Maddy Purves
  • Zoie Young
  • Maddy Purves
  • Zoie Young
  • Tyler Measom
    Sons of Perdition (2010), An Honest Liar (2014), Biography: I Want My MTV (2019)
  • Holly Tuckett
    Unpleasantville (2010), Church & State (2018), Anchor Point (2021)
  • Aaron Egbert Allsop
    Llamanation (2017)
  • Maddy Purves
  • Zoie Young
  • Travis Low
    Sound Mix/Master
    Church & State (2018)
  • Torben Bernhard
    Church & State (2018), I Want My MTV! (2019)
  • Zoie Young
    Additional Editors
  • John Meier
    Additional Editors
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    55,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Damn These Heels! 2020 Film Festival
    Salt Lake City
    United States
    July 10, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • AltFF
    New York City
    United States
    October 1, 2020
    Best Feature Film, Best Director
  • Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival
    United States
    November 6, 2020
    Arizona Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Alternative Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 1, 2020
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Rivercity Underground Film Festival
    San Antonio
    United States
    January 8, 2021
    Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Maddy Purves, Zoie Young

Maddy Purves graduated from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a BA in Media Studies, focusing on nonfiction and documentary film. She has extensive experience in a broad range of film and video production, both cinematic and commercial; she’s written, gripped, produced, ran camera and sound, edited, and run replay on live sports TV. Maddy believes in the healing power of honest storytelling and wants to work on projects that inspire love, compassion, and empathy. After wrapping “SAME-SEX ATTRACTED,” she plans to move back to California to further her career in film and television.

Zoie Young received a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University. They have a large portfolio of both corporate and freelance work, and owns a media production company that specializes in video production. Zoie has a passion for empowering the voiceless and believes film is the best medium to tell their stories.

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Director Statement

It is widely recognized that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds a traditional stance on homosexuality. BYU, the prized jewel of Mormon culture and target destination for many Mormon youth, even has a specific section in its Honor Code for ‘Homosexual Behavior’, including the following:

"One's stated same-gender attraction is not an Honor Code issue. However, [...] Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the Honor Code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings."

This definition of homosexual behavior illustrates the complexity of being LGBTQ at BYU. As of 2007, students at BYU can be “out” as LGBTQ and SSA and attend the university and remain in good standing. However, they cannot act in any way that would “give expression to homosexual feelings.”

As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, “Brigham Young University remains one of the most hostile campuses in the country for gay and transgender students,” according to the Princeton Review. Such a hostile environment has prevented students from speaking out, until now.

Because we, the filmmakers of “Same-Sex Attracted” are also LGBT and were current BYU students for the majority of filming, other LGBT and SSA (Same-Sex Attracted) students were finally willing to share their stories to a camera—and, finally, to be honest in their storytelling.

In “Same-Sex Attracted”, we follow a handful of LGBT & SSA students over the course of an academic year at LDS-owned Brigham Young University. As the year progresses, the film follows each of the students as they live and grow at "the Lord's University." These incredible individuals experience not only the regular day-to-day of being a college kid but also the unique trials that come with being LGBT at a Mormon school, grappling with questions of faith, sexuality, gender, family, love, and life. Combined, the students’ stories paint an elaborate picture of what is going on in the trenches of the “Mormon and Gay” conversation.

After years in the making, "Same-Sex Attracted" presents the real experience of being queer at 'the Lord’s University' from the perspective of real, current LGBT students.