Last Sunday was National Coming Out Day, a day celebrated by millions of people every year. This year, one Brigham Young University student wrote a song to remind members of the LGBTQ+ community that they matter.
Peter Morgan, a commercial music major at BYU wrote a song entitled, “No. I am Here.” He said that the song has multiple meanings. “[This song is saying] it’s okay to be who you are to those you love and those who hate you.”
He wants people to remember that on this day, and every other, members of the LGBTQ+ community are valid and important.
“National Coming Out Day is a day specifically that we celebrate existence,” said Morgan.
Being LGBTQ+ is different in Provo than it is anywhere else.
“BYU for example, homosexual activity is basically not allowed, and that’s pretty difficult as a man who is just gay. I didn’t choose that, and so to be told constantly that you are a mistake; you are wrong; you are an infidel; just for being who I am — that’s pretty draining.”
Peter knows that other people have felt the way that he has — they have been made to feel like they don’t belong. And so, he uses music to remind people of his community that they do, in fact, belong.