The Equality House, a rainbow colored house that sits directly across the street from the anti-LGBT hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), just expanded its presence by purchasing a house next door and painting it the colors of the transgender flag in support of the transgender community.[RELATED: Here’s How Orlando Responded When The Westboro Church Crashed A Victim’s Funeral]
Non-profit Planting Peace is the organization behind both projects that is meant to “peacefully protest their message of hate with an expression of love, compassion and support.” The Equality House receives roughly 150 visitors a day.
“Once a year since it’s founding, the Equality House has been painted the colors of the transgender flag in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance,” writes Planting Peace on their blog. “On one such occasion, Avery Jackson, a transgender child, visited the house. When she saw the house so proudly and visibly painted in the transgender flag colors, she was filled with a new sense of pride.”
“I loved the rainbow house when it was painted like the transgender flag,” she said. “I felt so happy and proud to be transgender.”
Avery’s story, and the stories of countless other members of the transgender community who visit the Equality House each year, inspired Planting Peace to reinforce the importance of being highly visible in supporting LGBT rights. This has become increasingly important with the emergence of discriminating legislation and consistent messages of being broken or ‘less than’ targeted at the transgender community. These negative messages have resulted in alarmingly high suicide rates within the transgender community.
The creator of Lizzy the Lezzy, Ruth, painting the brand new Transgender Pride house.
“Beyond the individual incidents of violence, bullying and hateful messages that the transgender community faces already, we’ve seen a rise in discriminating legislation designed to restrict the basic, fundamental rights and human dignity of our transgender family,” said Aaron Jackson, President of Planting Peace. “As allies of the LGBT community, we hear the stories from countless transgender people who express the devastating impact this has on them, making them feel broken or ‘less than’. Repeated messages of hate and intolerance are contributing to shockingly high suicide rates within the transgender community. We have to stand up and be just as loud with messages of love, support and compassion. We need to fight for the right for ALL people to live freely and love freely without fear. We are painting the house today as a permanent reminder of our message to our transgender family: You are loved, valued, supported and beautiful. There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand with you.”- Aaron Jackson President Planting Peace
“I was worried that having a transgender house was just a dream, but now it’s finally real. I love the transgender flag. It’s beautiful and makes me smile. I’m happy that we will have a house painted like the flag to show that transgender people are beautiful and will make them smile.”- Avery Jackson
“I was inspired by Avery’s courage and bravery,” Dunn, President of Dunn Development corp, told The Gaily Grind. “Seeing an eight-year-old girl stand up against hate and prejudice – and thinking about how important it is for young people to experience pride and acceptance – made me decide to donate the funds to buy the house so Avery could see her vision realized. She should be so proud of what she has accomplished. I have three kids, and if one of my children were transgender I would want there to be places that accepted and celebrated them. I happen to live in a progressive neighborhood and my children go to a school that is open-minded and welcoming of transgender students, but I know that is not the reality for many young people around the country. Like the Equality House before it, a transgender house that makes people feel proud and safe and confident and supported is badly needed. Every city should have one. If an eight-year-old girl can stand up against hate and prejudice, the least we can do is stand behind her.”