Amanda Pendolino
March 20, 2013

LGBT Activists Paint Rainbow ‘Equality House’ Across From Westboro Baptist Church

Planting Peace, a progressive non-profit environmental conservation group, has purchased the house across the street from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church compound in Topeka, Kansas, and given it a rainbow paint job to support LGBT pride.

According to LGBTQNation, the group said they found the location via Google Earth and have named the house “Equality House.” They plan to use it as a drop-in center for anti-bullying efforts and launch a campaign to counter the “God Hates F–s” mantra that Westboro Baptist is known for bringing to funerals.

“Planting Peace’s mission is to spread peace. We have orphanages, medical programs and a rainforest conservation program all over the world,” said Planting Peace co-founder Aaron Jackson. “Our goal with this is to raise awareness, stand up to bigotry, and promote equality.”

Planting Peace has set up a Crowdrise account for the initiative and hopes to raise $1 million. As of this writing, they’re at nearly $23,000.

“An estimated 4,000 kids commit suicide each year because they hear a message that they are ‘less than,’” Jackson continued. “It is our goal to help change that message. We thought no better place to start that message than countering the message of the Westboro Baptist Church.”

Meanwhile, former Westboro Baptist Church member Lauren Drain has joined the NoH8 campaign and released a memoir, Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church.

She says she wrote the book because she “wanted to show people that despite having grown up within the cult and having spent a good portion of my life on the picket line, condemning our deceased soldiers, reveling in any and all forms of tragedy and simply striving to be hurtful in the name of God, that the WBC is wrong and what I did at the time was wrong!”

Together, we can stop these people!