Equality House Vandalized And Strafed With Gunfire

NBC News reports:

The Equality House in Topeka, Kansas, which stands directly across the street from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, has been a symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement since it was first painted Pride flag colors in March of 2013. This week, however, the colorful symbol of equality was subjected to hate when spray-painted slurs and bullet holes were found on the home’s exterior.

Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace and founder of the Equality House, was inside at the time the house was vandalized on Sunday with spray-paint. He was awoken at around 1:12 a.m. when he heard loud noises coming from outside. He called the police, and once they had arrived, they found the anti-gay slurs on the house. A few days later, seven bullet holes were found on the same side of the home.

“The Equality House has been a target for acts of hate and intolerance that reflect the same experiences our LGBT family face every day,” Jackson said. “Planting Peace frequently receives hate mail and even death threats, but over the past three months we have seen an increase in physical acts of vandalism and violence. While it may seem shocking to some, it’s a heartbreaking reality.”


  • Todd20036

    If this is supposed to get us to “come back to Jesus”, it’s an ultimate fail.
    And yeah, I noticed the typo in the scrawl.

  • T-Batwoman

    Yet another side effect of Trumps overt hatred of things not white christian male……

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Does anyone know if the house has security systems? Its a target and should be well equipped with cameras recording in every direction.

    And of course the damage is done in secret, because bullies are cowards.

    • vorpal

      Given the spelling, be prepared for the upcoming video of Kathryn Knott.

      Actually, we don’t even have to do that: she’ll undoubtedly get drunk and brag about it on Twitter before the video surfaces.

      • clay

        You joke about Philly, but one of Knott’s boyfriends is now trying to throw her and the other co-defendant under the bus in a new court case.

        • vorpal

          If Knotty was found guilty in a criminal case, where the standard of evidence is “beyond a reasonable doubt”, certainly they will similarly be found guilty in the civil case, where the standard much lower, i.e. “a preponderance of the evidence.”

    • secretlab

      I’ve installed a number of CCTV systems, so I thought I’d review a number of online images of Equality House. I couldn’t see any evidence of cameras, even the kind in covert housings that are known to me, in the images. If they truly don’t have them hopefully some kind person or entity will step up and take care of that.

    • DirtyPierre

      If somebody started a crowd funding for a security system, I would be pleased to donate.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Would do the same.

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          • ChrisMorley

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    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      A simple, well placed trail cam or 2 would work wonders.

  • JT

    Drumpf nazis stirring up more hatred among the children of the corn.

  • Buford

    Done by ignorant, beer-drunk punks to impress their hoodlum buddies… but the big question is whether they were local high schoolers or middle-aged GOP leaders.

    • Todd20036

      Mentally, they are the same

  • MonochromeMouse

    Hopefully they press charges against their neighbors it was probably the WBC who did it and if not they legally could still be charged with incitement to violence

    • ColdCountry

      I very much doubt that it was the WBC. They are far to canny to do anything stupidly illegal like that. Besides, they are like Trump: instigate, but keep their hands clean. And actually, now that I think, they don’t advocate violence, they are just so hateful that they cause it, and mostly against themselves!

      • kareemachan

        Well, one of the grand-son/brothers might have gotten a hold of a bottle of hootch and had bad judgment….

        • ColdCountry

          Could happen, I suppose, but I thought they kept everyone under too strict control. They are a cult, no matter how they deny it.

      • MonochromeMouse

        The words they use would legally constitute incitement to violence

        • ColdCountry

          Do they? They seem to incite violence only toward themselves, and most of them are lawyers who seem very familiar with where the lines are drawn. I really don’t know what they are trying to accomplish.

      • B Snow

        Plus they’d do something out in the open, to get their name in the news. Not vandalism, but something ugly.

  • Rex

    Thanks Trump.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Beat me to it.

  • Barry William Teske

    It is not a typo.
    It is an Alt-right way of doing the dog-whistle.
    I AM NOT SAYING the Alt-Right is responsible for the crime, but the scrawl matchs up to a lot of the propaganda.
    Search Alt-Right with your favourite engine…lots of faux crumbs, be patient, do the homework.

    • Traxley Launderette

      I had the same thought. Internet-based hate groups have their own vocabularies.

      • jmax

        Being Kansas (I live there), I’m more inclined to believe this was the work of plain, old-fashioned, church-going, redneck assholes.

    • StSean

      i found this guy… https://twitter.com/papabungard

  • JT


    MSNBC and CNN talking a lot about the Clinton Foundation but no mention of Drumpf’s tax returns at all.

    Go after the release of those tax returns!

    • Rambie

      Yeah, they’ve dropped that topic. Trying to get the horse race back for ratings.

    • lymis

      Not only that, but little or no recognition that the vast majority of the bullshit about the Clinton Foundation is not based on any actual actions taken by the Foundation, but about concerns raised in private conversations about the perceptions that might have political repercussions, lifted from illegally stolen emails that were considered private at the time.

      Or any caveats or even suppositions about what might be brought to light if the private correspondence of the Trump campaign, the RNC, or any sitting elected official were similarly illegally stolen and made public.

      They’re acting like Podesta’s emails are something unique and scandalous and that everyone else’s would be unremarkable if made public.

  • iamanotheru

    Cameras are a Great idea . That window looks like a perfect target and I am wondering why that was spared ?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Kansas. Probably plastic because of tornadoes.

    • PeterC

      Too easy to be cleaned off.

  • Dagoril

    Well at least we know Phyllis Schlafly didn’t do it.

    • Chicago joe

      We actually don’t. Her zombie corpse could be roaming the earth, like it did for the last 20 years. It needs to be killed with fire.

      • kareemachan

        …and then put in an chained iron-clad chest and dropped into the Mariana Trench.

        • David Kerlick

          How about an Iron Maiden?

      • Dagoril

        Better to use dragonglass…just to be sure.

  • skyweaver

    Thanks, Trump

  • Andy McFerrin

    Repair, repaint, replace. They are desperate because they are losing, and they know it.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Closeted unhappy assholes?

  • iamanotheru
    • DirtyPierre

      I totally forgot about this! Slap the piss out of him sister!

    • Baltimatt

      Ahh, Greenmount and 33rd in Baltimore, ending up in Harboplace. (Except how do you turn north on Charles Street from Redwood and then wind up in Harborplace?) 50 cents to ride the bus (it’s now $1.70).

    • Ragnar Lothbrok


  • Frostbite

    Thanks Trump. I hope you burn in the Hell you claim to believe in.

  • vorpal

    The anti-LGBT right will just say, as always, that this was something that we did to ourselves to falsely look persecuted so that they can rabidly continue to deny that we need any kind of protections under the law, all while ironically advocating that we be treated as second class and are demanding special rights.

    • Joe in PA

      Or they will say “why do you have to throw it in our faces with those loud colors?!” Sigh.

      • Silver Badger

        The answer to that is YES. Get over it or die with it. It’s your choice.

  • thom

    I hate myself for this, but my first thought is… hoax?
    unfortunately over the last few years my pessimism has been correct more often than not

    • secretlab

      Those seem like real bullets, Thom.

      • thom

        no doubt, but we don’t know how they got there

        • EweTaw

          Jesus put them there.

        • The_Wretched

          Fired from a gun, I reckon.

        • kareemachan


    • zhera

      Planting Peace seems like a serious organization. I don’t think they’ll do something like that.

      • thom

        I really hope you’re right! 🙂

    • KarenAtFOH

      Pulse nightclub.

    • kareemachan

      Yeah, I remember hoaxes, like O’Keefe, the idiot with the B on her face, the supposed ballot burnings and car beatings, hoax letters written to voters in various states stating wrong information on voting times and places….

      Want me to go on?

      • thom

        sure, if you want. happens on both sides

  • Silver Badger

    Ah yes. Christian luv at it’s finest. ask yourself who would Christ hate?

  • ByronK

    Instead of BC and AD are we going to have to change to BT and AT?

    • TrollopeReader

      he certainly has created his own Time Period, eh?

    • DirtyPierre

      Overestimation of Trump’s impact on history. He has capitalized on the current malaise of society and magnified it. He reminds me of my sociopathic brother who instigates and agitates, then sits back to watch the family dissension while he watches. Despicable.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      trumpAssic period

  • doninkansas

    I live just down the street about ¼ mike and hadn’t heard anything about this until reading it here. Will see if some cop friends have heard anything about what happened.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “…but over the past three months we have seen an increase in physical acts of vandalism and violence.”

    Sadly, this is just another indicator of the Trump Effect…Nov 8th will show whether the U.S. officially remains America or changes it’s name to ‘Murika.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok


  • Cowboy

    The Christian thing to do would be for the Westboro Church to install video cameras focused on this house.

  • EweTaw

    This is a dangerous and terrible thing that has occurred. No doubt. I hope Benjamin Moore, Dutch Boy or Glidden will come forward and donate enough paint to repair the damage.

    • kareemachan

      Methinks you’re missing the bigger picture here. Hopefully on purpose.

      • EweTaw

        Cheer up, kareemachan. You know what they say.
        Some things in life are bad,
        They can really make you mad.
        Other things just make you swear and curse.
        When you’re chewing on life’s gristle,
        Don’t grumble, give a whistle!
        And this’ll help things turn out for the best
        And . . .

        Always look on the bright side of life
        If life seems jolly rotten,
        There’s something you’ve forgotten!
        And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing,

  • The_Wretched

    Strafed with gunfire?!!!!

    It’s christian terrorism plain and simple.

  • kareemachan

    WBCers are not only hate-filled, but spelling-challenged.

  • David Kerlick

    Trump’s brown shirts at it again.

  • glass

    Amateur haters, can’t even spell correctly. Please go back to school and learn English you pathetic losers. I know they didn’t finish school because they didn’t even finish vandalizing.
    What ever happened to a good work ethic. Sheesh!