Libby Phelps knows her infamously anti-gay grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave over the fact that she posed this week for the NOH8 campaign.
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But the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who died earlier this year, is continuing to step forward in her public support for the community that her former church has focused much of its hate.
‘The message is simple: No hate. We want people to be happy, healthy and hopeful,’ she wrote on her Facebook page this week in a post displaying her NOH8 photos.
Although she was born into and grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church, Phelps left as the church’s views became more extreme.
She has since completely denounced the extreme beliefs of the WBC and is working on a book on her experiences.
Celebrity photographer Adam Bouska founded the NOH8 photo campaign with partner Jeff Parshley in the weeks following California’s passage of Proposition 8 in 2008.
Subjects pose with tape over their mouths symbolizing a silent protest against inequality.
By Greg Hernandez