A barber who specializes in rainbow colors wanted to add the colorful hues to another canvas to the disapproval of some of his neighbors – his house.
Mykey O’Halloran bought a beach house on Phillips Island in Australia after saving enough money, the Washington Post reported. When it was time to add the finishing touch to the beige house, rainbow colors were the idea that stuck.
The cheeky idea was rejected by the neighbors.
In a March 16 post on Facebook, O’Halloran, who is gay, said he heard someone knocking on his door. Five men approached him about his plan to paint the rainbow of his house.
O’Halloran posted that he heard the men shout homophobic slurs and heard a man say he would kill O’Halloran if he continued with his idea.
A police report was filed and a 23-year-old man was subsequently charged with unlawful assault and threatening to kill, according to the Star Observer.
With no intention of stopping his painting project, O’Halloran’s now viral social media post drew in volunteers to help him.
“I’m a good person in society, and I bring joy with rainbows, and no stubborn homophobe who opposes the decision of how I want to live my life will take that away from me. This house will be rainbow, and it will be rainbow with pride, ”O’Halloran said in the post.
With an army of 100 volunteers, the siding, patio and fence of O’Halloran’s house were painted on April 18. The group included police officers, renovators and children, according to the Washington Post.
It took seven hours to paint the bands in orange, pink, purple, blue, green, and yellow. Dulux, Australia’s largest paint supplier, donated the project, according to Out Traveler.
“The positive response filled my heart with love and made me feel supported and not alone,” O’Halloran told the Washington Post. “People passed by to shake my hand, say hello and welcome me to the neighborhood.”
Hundreds of people also raised approximately $ 7,750 through a fundraiser organized by O’Halloran to benefit the Phillip Island Community and Learning Center, a non-profit group providing recreation, education and welfare services. -be to meet the needs of all age groups.
With matching colored hair, O’Halloran told the Washington Post he “couldn’t contain his glee when the last coat of shiny paint had dried.”
“My message now is to let no one else tarnish your shine and always stay true to yourself.”
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