The small city of Hendersonville, N.C., recently celebrated LGBTQ pride for the first time. Unlike many pride celebrations in bigger cities, there was no parade or festival. It was a potluck picnic. Rev. Jerry Miller, whose son came out as gay four decades ago, was there with his wife, Bea.
Twenty years ago, Miller began leading a local PFLAG chapter, a group for family and friends of LGBTQ people. At first, it wasn’t easy for him to reconcile his faith with his son’s identity. “My wife and I basically went in the closet because I was a pastor of a Baptist church at that time. And I prayed that God would change my son someday,” Miller says. “God didn’t change him, he changed me.” (Image: Monique LaBorde for NPR)