In 1998, Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die outside Laramie, Wyoming, just because he was gay.

Matthew's close friend, Romaine Patterson, heard that a faith-based hate group planned to picket at the murder trial.

So, she went to work. She created white angel costumes with wings seven feet tall, and a span of ten feet.

During the trial, police restricted the picketers to a small area outside the courthouse. A dozen of Romaine's friends, dressed as angels, encircled them and spread their wings – blocking the picketers and their cruel messages from view.

Romaine's concept was a brilliant show of love and support for Matthew's family and friends. Later, she created a do-it-yourself kit for others in need of an angel in white.

This Rainbow Minute was read by Dustin Richardson.