In a huge show of support for the LGBT community, former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, Lauren Drain, appears in a new ad for the NOH8 Campaign, a charitable organization that promotes equality. Drain was an active member of the Westboro Baptist Church — a group notorious for its homophobic ideology — from 2001 to 2008. She was banished after questioning their beliefs and methods of preaching. In a statement on the NOH8 website, Drain says,
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!”
Other Westboro Baptist Church members who have recently defected from and denounced the hate group include Megan Phelps-Roper, Grace Phelps-Roper, and Libby Phelps Alvarez. Props to all four for courageously standing up for equality, denouncing discrimination and bigotry, and for getting on the right side of history! See the photo of Lauren Drain below.