Meet the new neighbors of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.
A month ago, gay-rights activist Aaron Jackson bought the house directly across the street from the church known for picketing funerals. On Tuesday, volunteers painted it rainbow colors like the gay-pride flag.
Jackson, co-founder of the environmental and humanitarian nonprofit Planting Peace, has named his home the 'Equality House.' It will serve as a resource center for the group's new equality and anti-bullying initiatives and house volunteers.
Before painting the house and revealing his mission, Jackson said his encounters with Westboro-leaders Fred and Shirley Phelps were friendly. "It's the craziest thing," he told the Huffington Post. "It really throws you off because she's the type of woman who calls you 'hon' and 'darling.' She's very Southern. It's like, aren't you the lady that's supposed to be casting me into hell?"
Jackson told the Huffington Post that he wants to turn media coverage of the church into something positive for the LGBT community.