Lauren Drain is a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for their positive, uplifting message of hatred to anyone who’s not in the Westboro Baptist Church. So it may come as a surprise that Drain has done a complete about face, and is using that face to promote equality and non-discrimination.
She took part in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” forum yesterday, where she described being indoctrinated at the age of 15 and picketing “funerals, churches, and public assemblies shouting messages of hatred against the U.S. government and specifically against homosexuals.”
Drain was cast out of the WBC at 22 for questioning their beliefs and methodology, and documents how she rebuilt her life and re-evaluated everything she had been taught in her memoir, Banished. Now, as an opponent of “any and all forms of violence, discrimination, bullying or bigotry”, Drain has posed for the NOH8 Campaign, a charitable organization promoting marriage, gender and human equality:
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!
Now that both Megan Phelps-Roper and her younger sister Grace have left the WBC, perhaps they’ll be next in line to sign up for NOH8.
Photo: NOH8 Campaign