Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Equality House Gets A Makeover For TDOR

The Equality House is a home across the street from the Westboro Baptist Hate Church in Topeka, KS that was purchased by and is run by the organization Planting Peace.   

It's a 501c3 organization that challenges the hateful rhetoric of the Phelps Phamily and is usually painted in the colors of the rainbow flag.   Equality House has in the past sponsored events such as a gay wedding, a drag show and hosted a child's lemonade stand for peace in shouting distance of Phelps and his church hate clan.

On Tuesday, in honor of today's Transgender day of Remembrance, the Rainbow House got a makeover and was painted in the colors of the trans pride flag..  

“The reason we’re painting the house is to send a positive message” of acceptance and equality, said Davis Hammet, director of operations for Planting Peace.

To mark TDOR, at 6:30 PM CST Equality House along with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, or K-STEP, and Equality Kansas will hold a candlelight vigil tonight. 

Stephanie Mott, executive director of K-STEP, said in a Topeka Capital-Journal report that Kansas needs more awareness of transgender issues, and people should take the time to get to know each other rather than making judgments based on gender identity.

“What I want people to understand is, who I am is in here,” she said, gesturing to her heart. “My body is what carries me around.”

And the Equality House looks good in its fresh for TDOR paint job.

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