Former Westboro Baptist Church Member Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Bigotry

Just days after Megan Phelps-Roper and sister Grace announced that they had left Westboro Baptist Church (founded by their grandfather Fred Phelps), photographer Adam Bouska‘s NOH8 campaign released an image featuring former WBC member Lauren Drain:

The main reason I posed for the NOH8 Campaign was in direct response to the judgments of the WBC. I wanted to show people that despite having grown up within the cult and having spent a good portion of my life on the picket line, holding signs condemning our deceased soldiers, reveling in any and all forms of tragedy and simply striving to be hurtful in the name of God; that the WBC is wrong and what I did at the time was wrong! I now try and lead by example, with love, compassion and an open mind. Having done a complete 180, I still struggle with little things from time to time — but I know in my heart that I am now on the right path.

In the end, I think God will judge us all; however I think He wants us all to have the freedom to make our own decisions.

Well, I’m with her up until those last sentences, anyway :)

Good for her for posing for the campaign. When you leave such a hateful place, it’s important to boldly speak out against the injustice and warped mindset you were once party to.

(via Christian Nightmares)

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