A young neighbor sent their gay neighbors a note to show what their show of Pride meant to them.
Sal Stow, who lives in Williamson County, Texas, stepped outside to pick up some packages.
While there, she noticed a note under a rock on the doormat.
Note from young neighbor
‘Hello, you don’t know me,’ the note said.
‘We’re moving away today but I wanted to thank you. Seeing a Pride flag waving so proudly outside your home every day has given me the courage to come out to my family and be more comfortable with who I am.’
Stow, and her trans wife Meghan Stabler, are both activists. Stabler serves on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood.
‘This is why visibility is SO important,’ she said. ‘You never know who needs the support and to know it’s ok.
‘I hope this person is ok, their family is being supportive and they find a community to connect with that can help them through this brave process.’
Town is ‘extremely conservative’
Stow notes that Williams County is ‘extremely conservative’.
County Commissioners recently voted 4-0 to not allow the Pride flag to be flown on the Round Rock county court buildings.
She also said: ‘I am proud of who I am and the person I love. I will continue to be visible in whatever what I can.’
‘LGBTQ visibility matters,’ Stabler also said, on Twitter.
‘I proudly fly rainbow flags at my home. You never know who needs the support, who is hiding, and needs a lift up.’
The post went viral, receiving hundreds of shares.
One commenter said: ‘What an important message in such trying times. Just goes to show that you can be helping people without even knowing. Representation is SO important….. without it we stifle growth. You must be very proud.’
And another also said: ‘How wonderful. It just proves how little things can change the world.’