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Anti-Gay Westboro Baptist Church Might Soon Be Shocked to Find This Massive Symbol 'Essentially on [Its] Front Lawn

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"A hate group internationally known for it's vile campaigns against the LGBT community..."

It was back in 2013 that Planting Peace first made a major media splash when the organization purchased a home across from the infamous Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, painted it the colors of the rainbow and turned it into a gay rights center.

Three years after launching its Equality House, though, the organization is setting its sights on a new project that could create even more consternation for the virulently anti-gay house of worship: the purchase of another nearby home that would be devoted to transgender issues.

Planting Peace has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Transgender House project, setting a $70,000 goal for the purchase of another home that it plans to paint the colors of the transgender flag — a house that the Huffington Post described as being "essentially on the front lawn of the Westboro Baptist Church."

A screenshot from the Crowdrise fundraiser for the Transgender House

In a description of the fundraiser on Crowdrise, the organization explained that it paints its Equality House the colors of the transgender flag for the period of one week each year. Last year, an 8-year-old transgender child named Avery visited the home and was apparently inspired.

"Avery's story touched us so much that Planting Peace has joined forces with her to expand one house over from the Equality House and permanently paint our neighboring house the color of the transgender flag, growing our presence of peace and acceptance for all people directly across from the Westboro Baptist Church, a hate group internationally known for it's vile campaigns against the LGBT community," the description reads.

The organization said that it hopes to "create this new symbol of love and support for the transgender community."

Watch Avery discuss the project below:

According to the Huffington Post, the new Transgender House would provide information and education about the transgender community.

Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace, told the outlet that the Equality House's purpose is "to counter the actions of hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church with love and compassion, and serve as a symbol to the LGBT community that they are not alone."

The decision to paint the home the colors of the transgender flag each year has been done to specifically highlight the transgender community, with the new effort seeking to build on that practice.

"I was deeply touched when Avery visited us and said it brought her joy and gave her confidence," he said. "She inspired us to partner with her to create a symbol of support for the transgender community by expanding the Equality House and permanently painting our neighboring house the colors of the transgender flag."

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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