Situated across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound in Topeka, Kansas, Equality House is a bold statement against intolerance.
After all, it’s pretty hard to ignore the rainbow-colored building, opened by Planting Peace director Aaron Jackson in 2013.
“I honestly thought the house would be attacked—spray-painted with profanity and/or burned down,” he posted on Facebook. “In fact, Davis Hammet and I created an escape route out of the back of the house in case someone lit the house on fire while we were in it.”
Jackson says aside from a few people yelling “fag” at him while he mows the law, it’s mostly been “smooth sailing.” Until this week, when vandals pelted the house with urine and feces.
“They ruined our rainbow-colored ’Little Free Library’ that is there for children within the neighborhood to take books for free,” he wrote on Facebook.
Jackson has filed a report with police, but its unlikely the culprits will be found. Hopefully, this ugly incident will help draw positive attention to Planting Peace, which has sponsored charity drag marches and a symbolic wedding between Gandalf and Dumbledore on its front lawn.
While this is the first time the Equality House has been attacked, vandals defaced a billboard Planting Peace sponsored decrying North Carolina’s HB2.
Planting Peace works on a broad number of initiatives, including launching anti-bullying programs, finding homes for HIV-positive orphans in Haiti and getting anti-parasite medicine to children in Guatemala.