The house that real estate entrepreneur Ryan Basye renovated is in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. Basye bought the building, which has five different rental apartments, in 2018. The exterior of the building had been in need of a makeover for some time. Basye's daughters came up with the idea of painting the building in the colours of the rainbow, after which Basye recalled a conversation with a homophobic neighbour of the house. “That still didn't sit well with me,” the landlord told USA Today.
And so the house got a new coat of paint. Basye has not heard anything from the homophobic neighbour. “This place is right by an elementary school so we get lots of kids walking by with smiles on their faces,” he said. “It has been about 99% positive.”
According to Basye, his daughters call him a “cool dad”. He continues: “It's funny, because it's coming from a boring, moderate, old, straight white guy.”
The house in Omaha is not the first to be painted in the colours of the rainbow. For example, there is one on Phillip Island in Australia, which was painted in those colours by the resident and neighbours after the owner received threats because of his orientation. Neighbours of the notoriously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas have also painted their homes with the rainbow flag.