This story is based on four months of reporting in and outside the gay community in Chattanooga, and more than 20 hours of interviews with Matt and Frances Nevels. The reporter consulted local studies on the gay community, books on the conflict between faith and homosexuality and interviewed several area pastors, including the former pastor of Red Bank Baptist Church, Dr. Fred Steelman. She also interviewed nearly 20 people who identified themselves as gay, lesbian or transsexual for story context. Reconstructed scenes are based on interviews, and confirmed through hundreds of letters, newspaper articles, church records and obituaries.
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