This site has been created to provide a forum for gay men, lesbians and their families and friends to share their stories. The common denominator is Mormonism with the hope that those who are journeying therein will feel less alone after reading these stories.
For many decades now the Mormon Church has provided a less than hospitable environment for its gay and lesbian members, leaving most of us to find our own way out of the confusion, condemnation and guilt. It can be a pretty lonely road and sometimes just knowing that somebody else is going through the same things we are helps make the journey a little easier.
Rather than going to battle with the Mormon Church over its beliefs and practices this site focuses on the first-person narratives of those who are impacted by it all. Sometimes we get so caught up in the doctrine that we forget the human toll involved in a one-size-fits-all plan. Hopefully these stories will help put a more human face on the complex issues of religion and sexuality and generate a greater feeling of acceptance and understanding.
Some of the stories you read here may not always use people's real names for obvious reasons. In some instances, authors may choose to remain anonymous because they're not yet out to family, friends or the church. In an ideal world none of this would be necessary - but we're still working on the ideal world thing and until we get it figured out name changes and anonymity are sometimes necessary.
Your story is welcome here if you feel inclined to share it. Please click on the appropriate link for more details. In the meantime, have a look around and catch a glimpse of what life is all about for those of us who have been or still are, gay and Mormon.
In 1974 a Mormon missionary finds his world turned upside down when he falls in love with a handsome Italian Communist. With original 8mm film and fierce storytelling, Tom Clark recounts a love story set against the backdrop of coastal Italy wrought with faith, identity, cigarettes, and Thorazine.