Former Anti-LGBTQ Activist Finds "Grace And Kindness" At Matthew Shepard Symposium

Apr 20, 2018

At the Matthew Shepard Symposium hosted last week at the University of Wyoming, protesters gathered outside with signs denouncing the LGBTQ community. The group was from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, and nearly 20 years ago, they also picketed Matthew Shepard’s funeral.

But inside the symposium, a former Westboro Church member was preparing to speak. Megan Phelps-Roper was there to explain that when she started engaging in civil dialogue over Twitter, her entire worldview changed.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down Phelps-Roper as part of her series, “I Respectfully Disagree.”

An earlier version of this story claimed that Phelps-Roper's husband was Jewish. He is not.