Watch: Volunteers Flock in Force to Paint Australian Man's House in Rainbow Colors after Homophobic Death Threats

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday May 1, 2021
Originally published on April 20, 2021

Volunteers came from far and near to help a gay Australian man paint his house in the colors of the rainbow - inside and out - after local homophobes made death threats against him, UK newspaper Daily Mail reports.

Hair artist Mykey O'Halloran had moved from Melbourne to a home on Phillip Island during COVID-19. He was making plans to paint his home in rainbow hues when a group of locals, having heard about the idea, decided to weigh in.

"On March 16, the group allegedly showed up at his door step, and started verbally assaulting Mr O'Halloran with death threats and homophobic slurs," Daily Mail reports.

"They thought it would devalue their house by, like, $20,000, and that the colors were stupid," O'Halloran told the media. "Once the homophobic slurs came out, I felt like it was deeper than the house color...more of a personal attack," he added.

Others from the neighborhood intervened, and one man (an unidentified 23-year-old), was charged with "unlawful assault" and "making threats," Daily Mail reported.

When O'Halloran related the harrowing experience on social media, volunteers came out of the woodwork to help with the work of painting the house. This included professional painters, and an actual paint company, Dulux, which donated paint for the project. Indeed, O'Halloran gave a shout out at his Instagram account.

"It was amazing," O'Halloran told the media. "Some people just came up to show their support and give me a hug. We had a whole team of kids involved, there was a BBQ."

In total, hundreds showed their support, news reports said. O'Halloran, speaking with local news source The Project, estimated that over 60 people had participated in the actual painting.

"It was a whole day of community coming together as one," O'Halloran told the press.

Watch the news clip from local news source The Project, via a video posted to Facebook, below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.