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A hairstylist who specializes in rainbow colors wanted to add some color to another canvas, as some neighbors disagreed, like his house.

Mykey O’Halloran bought a beach house in Australia’s Phillips Island after saving a lot of money, the Washington Post reported. When it’s time to add a touch of flair to the home, rainbow beige is the idea that stuck.

A cheeky idea was driven by the neighbors.

In a Facebook post on March 16, the gay O’Halloran said he heard someone pounding on his door. Five men approached him about a plan to paint his rainbow-colored house.

O’Halloran posted that he heard men shouting incriminating homophobia and heard a man say he would kill O’Halloran if he continued to use his thoughts.

Police reports have been made and a 23-year-old man has been charged with illegal assault and threatening to kill, according to the Star Observer.

With no plans to stop his painting projects, O’Halloran’s posts on social media therefore gathered volunteers to help him.

“I am a good person in society and I am happy with the rainbow and no homosexuality as opposed to deciding how I want to live my life, take that from me, this house will be rainbow and it is.” It’s going to be the colors of the rainbow with pride, ”O’Halloran said in the post.

With a militia of 100 people, O’Halloran’s house walls and fences were painted on April 18, the group comprised of police officers, home renovators and children, according to the Washington Post.

It took seven hours to paint stripes in orange, pink, purple, blue, green and yellow.Dulux, Australia’s largest paint supplier, donated the project, according to Out Traveler.

“The positive feedback filled my heart with love and made me feel supported and not alone,” O’Halloran told the Washington Post. Greet and welcome me to the neighborhood ”

Hundreds have also raised approximately $ 7,750 from the O’Halloran fundraiser organized to benefit the community and Phillip Island Learning Center, a non-profit group that provides recreational, educational and welfare services to the community. Reflects the needs of all age groups

With multicolored hair to match, O’Halloran told the Washington Post he “couldn’t be happier when the last coat of paint was dry.”

“My message for now is to never let anyone dull your spark and always be honest with yourself.”

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