Adam Knapp had first met Burt Humburg a few years ago when he wrote a newspaper article about him, but it wasn't until recently the idea for a documentary featuring his life came to mind for Knapp.

Adam Knapp had first met Burt Humburg a few years ago when he wrote a newspaper article about him, but it wasn't until recently the idea for a documentary featuring his life came to mind for Knapp.

Knapp is now in the process of filming "Out Here in Kansas," telling Humburg's story of being gay and being a Christian.

"There was in point in the article where Pastor Joe Wright (Humburg's former pastor who also was instrumental in making gay marriage unlawful in Kansas) said he wanted to get together with Humburg to talk and Humburg said he would love that," Knapp recalled. "That's when I started thinking about the documentary, which tells the story of an Andover kid who came out of the closet after becoming an All-American college football player.

"It saddens me and frustrates me that certain Christians and homosexuals are so far apart in their beliefs," he said. "I am just trying to start a conversation."

Knapp pointed out he believed in God and the Bible, but said if a person wanted to own a slave or two, they could find a way to justify that in the Bible. Another example he gave was the Bible says if your hand causes you to sin, you are to cut it off, but people don't do that.

"Jesus never thought it was a big enough deal to talk about," Knapp said.

Knapp also knew someone who was gay in high school.

"Why someone would choose to be gay in Leon, Kan., in the ’80s is beyond me," he said. "I've been asking that for 30 years and have yet to hear a good answer."

In Humburg's story Knapp told in an earlier article, he said originally Humburg thought being gay was a sin and tried to deny his feelings, not coming to terms with it until a few years later.

"I believe in the Bible, but I also believe God gave us good minds with common sense," Knapp said. "Furthermore, I believe God is guiding me through this."

He said he has received signs along the way and been blessed with a talented group of people who are helping with the documentary, as well as people willing to give money to the project.

One of those signs was when Humburg told him the same wording that condemns homosexuality in the Bible also says one can't eat shellfish.

Then Knapp said he went to a buffet and saw Wright getting crab legs

"I thought if this isn't a sign from God, I don't know what is," he said.

He talked with Wright, who also was his pastor at Central Christian Church, where he used to attend, and shared the article he had written with him.

His other signs were the people who have joined him in this.

"What a big part Jon (Pic) has been," Knapp said. "He's been on board from day one. We both went into it kind of blind."

Pic, who is the owner of Jon Pic Creative Agency, created the logo, which Knapp said was important to have the rainbow and a cross in it. Pic also came up with the name for the documentary and is continuing to be involved in the process.

"Jon has been a tireless supporter," Knapp said. "He's again, one of God's blessings."

He also was joined by Kenneth Linn, a freelance videographer and editor in the Wichita area.

The final part of the group is Andy McGinnis, who has more than 20 years experience leading award winning, public relations campaigns for agencies and clients.

"She had read my blog and just reached out to me," Knapp said.

Knapp first learned of Humburg when he was doing a story on Zack Siegrist, who he described as the best quarterback Butler County ever produced. Through that story, Siegrist's mom told him about Humburg.

Humburg's family lost their home in the Andover tornado, then his father died a year later. The story Knapp wrote about Humburg at this time was titled "Triumph Over Tragedy."

"A couple of months later a friend of mine told me Burt had come out of the closet," Knapp said. "My first thought was why didn't he tell me.

"He's such an intriguing guy. That fact that he's gay is almost inconsequential. No doubt if Jesus was around they would have been BFFs."

In the last story Knapp wrote about Humburg, "There's only one Burt," which appeared in the Andover American, it tells of how he didn't realize he was gay until adulthood, saying when he was going to school he was too focused on other things to worry about the opposite sex.

The story went on to say it was once when Humburg had been drinking he found himself attracted to another male and at first he was disgusted with himself. He spent the next couple of months reading the Bible and even briefly considered suicide. He said when he stopped fighting it, he knew he was a homosexual.

"I like to think of myself as using common sense," Knapp said, adding that he is the token liberal in his family, while his liberal friends think he is conservative.

He did say he has no doubt with anyone who speaks against homosexuality, 99 percent of their heart is in the right place.

"I want to reiterate I am a Christian and I certainly don't think I have all the answers," Knapp said. "It's bizarre to me how homosexuality become such a hot button issue.

"For some reason, Kansas right now and Indiana has zoned in on this one issue and it shouldn't be an issue," he continued.

He referenced the book "God and the Gay Christian," which argues the Bible doesn't condemn homosexuality and Humburg doesn't either.

Knapp did get Christian and Wright together to talk, part of which will be in the film.

"At the end of the day Joe is a man of faith and Burt is a man of science," Knapp said.

Knapp focuses on Humburg's story in the film.

"The first rule of journalism is don't become part of the story," Knapp said. "I kind of became a part of the story for the first time in my career.

"I know God is using me to tell this story and it's important and I can't mess it up."

Knapp is still working to get an interview with the governor for the film, but he has most of the raw footage shot now.

"He (Brownback) really owes it to himself to talk to us," Knapp said.

They are doing a fundraiser to finish up the film, which includes a trip they need to make to Iowa. People can donate through a link on their Web site, outhereinkansas.com and anyone who donates will receive something, such as a mention in the credits.

"I'm really trying to make it into a short, which is 45 minutes or less," Knapp said. "The reason for this is I don't want to get all preachy and I don't want to give people the excuse not to see it because it is too long."

Knapp hopes to be done with the film by late summer so they can enter it in the Tallgrass Film Festival, as well as other film festivals.

"It would be awesome to have it aired locally," Knapp said. "Netflix is a pretty big goal."

Knapp said he has found people are being open minded about the documentary.

He has begun to be followed on Twitter by someone from Westboro Baptist Church, although Knapp said he just retweets any of their Tweets.

"Overall, the support has been overwhelmingly positive," Knapp said.