A day after Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization that advocates for LGBT awareness in sports, sent a letter to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, BYU's director of athletics, Tom Holmoe, responded through his Twitter account.
LGBT players, coaches and fans are always welcome to the BYU campus. Everyone should be treated with respect, dignity and love. Tom— Tom Holmoe (@TomHolmoe) August 9, 2016
The letter, which cites concerns about the Big 12 candidacy of BYU, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was also sent to all 10 presidents of the members of the Big 12.
Athlete Ally claims that BYU's anti-LGBT policies would be bad for the conference's community, student-athletes in particular, and those policies "violate both Big 12 guidelines and NCAA guidelines."
Bowlsby has also responded, according to Fox Sports reporter Stewart Mandel.
"Thank you for your note," Bowlsby is quoted as saying. "As we move forward with our processes we will certainly take your comments into consideration. I appreciate your having taken the time to express your thoughts."