On March 19, 2013, Planting Peace launched the Equality House, a rainbow colored house directly across the street from the infamous anti-LGBT hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). To peacefully protest their message of hate with an expression of love, compassion and support.
The Equality House, which receives roughly 150 visitors a day, has expanded its presence by purchasing a house next door and painting it the colors of the transgender flag in support of the transgender community.
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. 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.
Our greatest wish is that this house will serve as a beacon of love and hope to our transgender family. Planting Peace hopes that together we can show the world that members of the transgender community deserve to live freely and love freely without fear of discrimination or retribution.
A special thank you to Martin Dunn, Dunn Development Corp., Debbie Jackson, and everyone who supported this project.