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Neighbors respond to lesbian couple’s stolen rainbow flag and egged house by flying their own Pride flags

Neighbors respond to lesbian couple’s stolen rainbow flag and egged house by flying their own Pride flags

Rainbows are everywhere in this Boston neighborhood

When a same-sex couple returned home to find their rainbow flag flying outside had gone missing and their house egged, the smell rancid in the summer sun, they knew the message they had been sent by the neighborhood.

It was a homophobic act, they had been made a target in what they once thought was a welcoming neighborhood in greater Boston.

Cari and Lauri Ryding said, when they saw the egging: ‘We knew the intention and message of what happened, and that was more upsetting to see the combination of the two things.

‘Someone really intended to send a message to the two of us. That was really hard to swallow and sent us both reeling’.

The married couple of four years went to their neighbors and asked if they had seen or heard of anything, and they were shocked.

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And the neighborhood decided to prove that love truly does conquer hate.

By Tuesday, nearly every one of the 60 homes near the Rydings had hung a rainbow flag outside.

‘You drive into our neighborhood, and all you see is the rainbow,’ Cari said, according to the Boston Globe. ‘It still makes us cry’.

The Rydings filed a police report, calling it an act of vandalism and not a hate crime.

‘The story is not us or the attack,’ Lauri said. ‘It’s these people who surround us on a daily basis, who banded together to support their neighbors.

‘Love conquers hate. It is what we all strive for. It’s a teaching moment. It’s a wonderful display of solidarity and unity and caring, of neighbors helping neighbors. There’s so much love around us.’