Are you familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church? You know – not really a church, as much as it is a hate group from Kansas that has protested LGBT rights for the last 25 years, going so far as to protest the funerals of gay people and soldiers, for some reason. The same group that celebrated the Orlando shooting. Yeah, that group.
Since 2013, right across the street from this church-of-ignorance-and-hatred has also stood the Equality House, a rainbow colored house built by the nonprofit organization, Planting Peace, in order to promote LGBT equality. And every year, Equality House would be painted the colors of the trans-flag for one week to highlight this sub-population that deserved special recognition.
Well, why limit it to just one week a year, right? That is exactly what an 8-year old trans girl thought, so she had the brilliant idea of building a second structure next to the Equality House in order to serve as a safe haven for the trans community all year long. The girl so aptly explained: “I loved the rainbow [Equality] House when it was painted like the transgender flag… I felt so happy and proud to be transgender. I wish people weren’t afraid of transgender people. I’m not a monster. I’m not scary. I just want to be treated like every other human.”
So when a developer heard about the 8-year old’s vision and the backing of Planting Peace, he donated $70,000 towards its construction. Kudos to all those involved in its construction. We are sure the Westboro Baptist Church loves the views of its new neighbor too!