Location, location, location. It’s what often sells a house or
determines the success of a business, and it’s the case for the house
that was painted in rainbow colors this week on S.W. Orleans Street in
Dubbed the “Equality House,” it’s right across the street from the
home of the cult-like homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, the group
notorious for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers and for its signs
proclaiming, “God hates fags.”
Aaron Jackson, 31, co-founder of the charity Planting Peace,
which supports rainforest conservation, de-worming projects and
orphanages around the world, wanted to do something to help the
“thousands and thousands” of kids who commit suicide because of bullying
over LGBT issues, he told me.
After hearing about 9-year-old Josef Miles staging a counter protest last year with a sign, “God hates no one,” Jackson looked up the location of the Westboro Baptist Church.
“I was ‘walking’ down the street [on Google Earth] and saw a for sale
sign,” he told me. “Oh man, I want this house and how great would it be
to paint it in the colors of the gay pride flag.” That house was no
longer available, but a real estate agent located another property that
was across the street from Westboro; Planting Peace bought it for
around $81,000 — sight unseen.
Written By: Diana Reesecontinue to source article at washingtonpost.com