This Town Hung Up Pride Flags To Support A Lesbian Couple Whose Home Was Vandalized
“The love that our neighbors and the world has shown us has completely transformed what this situation would have felt like to us."
After returning home from vacation last weekend, Cari and Lauri Ryding of Natick, Massachusetts found their home had been vandalized. A pride flag — which they had placed over their door following the tragic events in Orlando — had been stolen, and the front of their house had been pelted with eggs.
But when the news of the apparent vandalism spread through town, something amazing happened. One by one, rainbow pride flags started popping up all over the neighborhood.
A group of neighborhood children delivered rainbow flags, provided by the Rainbow Peace Project, to house after house on their bicycles. The Ryder's neighbors have now put out over forty flags.
“It just happened so quickly — the whole neighborhood said, ‘Get me a flag. Get me a flag. Get me a flag,’” Penni Rochwerger, a neighbor of the Rydings, told The Boston Globe. “If we can stop whatever hate is out there, I think that’s really important.”