Neighbours help man paint his rainbow house after homophobic death threats

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Photos: Mykey O'Hallorann

A gay man living on Phillip Island in Victoria has thanked dozens of locals who helped him defy homophobic trolls and paint his house in rainbow colours.

Mykey O’Halloran (pictured), a professional hair artist, moved in to his bungalow on the island in February.

However just a month later, a group of neighbours who heard about his plans verbally assaulted him with slurs and death threats on his doorstep late at night.

The alleged homophobic attack left O’Halloran shaken. Police later charged a 23-year-old man with making threats to kill and unlawful assault.

Now over the weekend, more than 100 people – including some travelling from Melbourne – joined Mykey and helped him with the rainbow paint job.

Mykey has proudly shared photos of the finished exterior of his house, and explained “after a hurricane, comes a rainbow”.

“Bullying and homophobia [is] not okay, it’s not acceptable,” he said.

Mykey’s defiant message for critics of rainbow house

Mykey O’Halloran works as a professional hair artist and is known for his eye-popping multi-coloured designs. He said he wanted his house to match.

“I’m a gay man and I’m open and I’m proud to be. I express colourfully naturally as my job as a rainbow hair artist,” he said.

“What happened today was people standing by my decision to have a rainbow house regardless of opposing opinions.

“What I’ve learnt after having my name dragged through the mud by multiple people online… is that it’s all just a bunch of opinions.

“At the end of the day I know what’s in my heart and what my pure intentions are.

“The message we must take out of this situation and learn from this is to stand your ground.

“Don’t let bullies tell you how you should be living your life, whether that be someone you know, someone you don’t.

“Don’t let them tell you what you should be wearing, what you should be doing or how you should be doing it, who you should be as a person or how you choose to show up in the world.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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1 Comment

  1. Peter Turner
    22 April 2021

    What a fantastic outcome. Congratulations Mykey!! The trolls will always be defeated when we bunker down. Thanks also to the wondeerful people of Phillip Island for their support of this guy.

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