Gay Star News:
A former Westboro Baptist Church member has posed for American gay rights campaign No H8.
Lauren Drain spent years as part of the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, known for picketing soldiers’ funerals.
She posed for the campaign aiming to promote marriage, gender and human equality across America.
Drain writes: ‘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.
You know if a member of the most homophobic hate groups on the planet can make such dramatic change that is good news for everybody, and should give ALL of us hope for the future.
I see a day where homophobia will be eradicated from our country and where a person's sexuality is never even mentioned by the media, even if they are a famous performer or national political figure.