Organization Takes Stand Against Westboro Baptist Church with Rainbow Painted ‘Equality House’ [PHOTO]
Planting Peace, a progressive nonprofit organization that spreads peace and equality, decided to take a unique stand against the long time anti-gay organization, the Westboro Baptist Church. 6 months ago the non-profit organization purchased a home directly across from the “church” compound in Kansas. Today, Aaron Jackson, one of the organizations founders, along with a team of volunteers and supporters, painted the home in rainbow colors to resemble the gay pride flag.
Called The Equality House, it will be used by Planting Peace as a resource center for their projects and initiatives and stand as a visual reminder of their commitment to equality.
In the past, Planting Peace has concentrated on rainforest conservation, opening orphanages and deworming programs, but Jackson had been wanting to get into gay rights activism and saw the perfect an opportunity. He told The Huffington Post:
I read a story about Josef Miles, a 10-year-old kid who counter-protested the Westboro Baptist Church by holding the sign that says ‘God Hates No One’. I didn’t know anything about the church or where they were located, but that story kept popping up. And one night I wondered, Where is this church? I got on Google Earth, and I was ‘walking down the road,’ and I did a 360 view. And I saw a ‘For Sale’ sign sitting in the front yard of a house. Right away it hit me, Oh my gosh, I could buy a house in front of the WBC! And immediately I thought: And I’m going to paint that thing the color of the pride flag.
This is just the first step in his new fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) equality and says he wants the house to be a message that where there’s hate, there’s also love. Hoping to not only raise awareness, but also funds to maintain and create the organizations current and future anti-bullying programs.