Former member of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) Lauren Drain lashed out, calling the church a “cult” and is now speaking out and against the church, and even supporting LGBT equality.
The Topeka, Kansas-based WBC is known for outspoken pastor Fred Phelps, who has sparked nationwide attention for his anti-gay campaigns. The church believes that the Bible is the literal law of God and condemns “homosexuality, abortion, divorce and all Americans.”
Drain was pushed into the WBC at age 15 when her father fell into the beliefs of the church. Her father relocated the family from Florida to live on the church’s compound in Kansas. She was a member from 2001-2008. In those 7 years she was an active member and would even participate in their picketing rallies.
Drain recently did a photo shoot with the NOH8 Campaign, a campaign that promotes marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media and visual protest.
As Drain matured she realized that she didn’t agree with what the WBC was promoting. She was kicked out and banned from the church for questioning their belief systems the their methods. She no longer speaks to her family or loved ones she grew up with.
Drain has not been the only member to leave the WBC recently. Grace Phelps and Megan Phelps-Roper have also left the church. The two sisters established the social media group “God Hates Fags” and Phelps-Roper used to make parody videos of Lady Gaga.
The sisters made an apology stating, “we know that we’ve done and said things that hurt people. Inflicting pain on others wasn’t the goal, but it was one of the outcomes. We wish it weren’t so, and regret that hurt.”
The sisters also stated that their parents have disowned them and are now considered “betrayers.”
“The main reason I posed for the NOH8 Campaign was in direct response to the judgments of the WBC,” Drain said.
She also stated that she knows she and the group have done wrong, and that they still do wrong with their protesting.
Drain is set to release a memoir in March 2013. The book is called “Banished: Surviving My Years in Westboro Baptist Church.”
The volume is the first book to ever look into the life of someone in the church.
You can visit Drain’s Facebook page here.