He was a Boy Scout who graduated with honors and was headed for the military, she said. Not only did she leave Westboro, but Drain also has become an advocate for gay rights and anti-bullying. Frank Farrugia, Same Love Photography facebook. Stricker had been 19 when she came out for the first time, but Phelps was in her 30s, had two children, and was married to a man. Latino Voices. She ruffled some feathers with an opinion piece in The Age shortly after Ian Thorpe came out in a widely-watched and well-paid interview with Michael Parkinson, where she argued Thorpe had benefited from lying about his sexuality. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
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Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Churchin which she describes how she grew up with Westboro during her formative years, after her father developed an obsession with the group and moved his family from Florida to Kansas. Latino Voices. While a tabloid headline was a dramatic way for their sexuality to be announced to the world, Phelps and Stricker had both come out to family and close friends long before that public revelation. So I always wondered that — why does he get so mad?