A baptist minister in a small Southern town learns acceptance and leans on his faith after his gay son dies of AIDS:

“In the meantime, word spread from the AIDS outreach organizations across the Chattanooga area that a minister’s son had caught the virus, and the Nevelses were asked to speak at an evening service at First Baptist in the Golden Gateway. It was considered a watershed moment, because few parents were willing to talk about the infection at the time.

“It would be Matt’s first plea with a church to alter its thinking.

“‘All have sinned,’ he said.

“‘We have got to quit trying to play God.’”