A married lesbian couple in Pennsylvania are fighting back against homophobic slurs from their neighbors by painting their house rainbow colors, WTAE reports.
Lisa Licata and Sherry Lau initially told their neighbors, Ron Makay and Iolanda Wieczorkowski, they were mother and daughter when they first moved into their Penn Hills house after hearing them make a bigoted comment.
But once the neighbors discovered they were actually a married couple, they were constantly harassed by Makay and Wieczorkowski who called them slurs like “homos” and “dykes,” according to Licata and Lau.
The hatred later turned into violence when Makay allegedly fired at the couple’s dog using an air rifle, in which he was later charged for animal cruelty. To better ward off hatred, Licata and Lau decided to put up a fence and painted it rainbow colors.
The fence set the neighbors off that they even intensified the harassment. So the couple painted the side of their house that faces the neighbors. “When he protested against the fence being rainbow, that’s when we decided ‘let’s do the house’,” Licata told WTAE.
Licata and Lau plan to paint their entire house rainbow colors. “This is the 21st century,” Lau said. “We live here. We’re not moving. My family accepts us. Our friends accept us. If you don’t like it, just live your life, leave us alone and everything’s cool.”