and in an interview affirmed them as "good people": "Now we have gays in the church. We take no action against such people—provided they don't become involved in transgression, sexual transgression.If they do, we do with them exactly what we'd do with heterosexuals who transgress".
The pamphlet taught that church leaders may assist gay members by reciting scripture; appealing to their reason; encouraging them to abandon gay lovers and associates; praying with them; and encouraging them to replace any sexual expression of their homosexual feelings with heterosexual expressions like opposite-sex dating.(His marriage to a Mormon woman ended in divorce, after which he came out.) Tom now lives in Salt Lake City with his partner.Although their romance has ended, he and Gianni still consider themselves deeply connected and close friends.So it comes as no surprise to hear the heartbreaking story of Tom Clark, who became a Mormon missionary in 1974 and went to Italy where he fell in love with a Communist man named Gianni.The beautiful and heartbreaking documentary about their love affair, much of which is made up of Super 8 film shot by Clark himself, brings a tenderness and a perspective to the plight of those driven into shame and sadness by the Mormon church.leaving homosexual members with the option of attempting to change their sexual orientation, entering a mixed-orientation opposite-sex marriage, or living a celibate lifestyle without any sexual expression (including masturbation).