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The amazing way a street is showing support for lesbian couple sent homophobic note

The amazing way a street is showing support for lesbian couple sent homophobic note

A photograph of Vikki Parkey and her wife Steph

Neighbours of a lesbian couple in Hull, England, who were sent a homophobic note, have shown their support in an incredible way.

Vikki Parkey, 36, and wife Steph, 29, were horrified after a hate letter posted through their letterbox called their relationship ‘immoral and wrong’ last week (21 February).

But neighbours showered the married couple, who live with their 17-month-old daughter, with support.

Residents of Chestnut Avenue hung rows of rainbow bunting and supportive posters.

‘Physically upset and crying’

Vikki told Gay Star News she came down one morning to find her wife ‘physically upset and crying.’

 

‘She showed me the letter and I became instantly mad that anyone would think that spreading this kind of hatred towards my family was acceptable.’

‘It wasn’t just a passing comment in the street, they had gone out of their way to target us where we live.

‘The street has really pulled together on this one,’ she said, ‘it’s been so overwhelming in a massively positive way.’

Colorful bunting decorated the small street in Hull
Colorful bunting decorated the small street in Hull | Picture: Facebook

Following the incident, neighbours decorated their houses with rainbow bunting and celebratory messages.

”The positive response from this has restored my faith in the human race surrounding these sorts of issues.

‘Hopefully, 20 years from now, any sort of prejudice of this sort will be a very distant way of life.’

On the future 

Speaking about the future, Vikki remained hopeful about the world her 17-month-old daughter will grow into.

Vikki and her wife used IVF to have their daughter, which their neighbours showed ‘great support’ for.

Colorful bunting decorated the small street in Hull
Messages have poured in to support the pair following the hate letter | Picture: Facebook

‘She is a beautiful happy little girl and I hope that the world can be a better place for her.

‘So far she has been enjoying all of the chocolate gifts from the community.’

‘We suggest you move’

The letter was anonymously addressed to Vikki’s property.

It read: ‘We, the residents, are not happy with same-sex couples living our area. Especially not when bringing up a child.

‘We suggest you move to a more appropriate area of the city.’

A Humberside Police spokesperson told Hull Live: “We received a report of malicious communications at an address on Chesnut Avenue, Hull, on Friday, February 22.

‘It was reported that a letter containing malicious content was posted through a door overnight, causing distress to the resident of the property.

‘We have spoken to the resident of the property, offering her advice and support.’

Across the pond

This wasn’t the only time a community has rallied to support a member of the LGBTI community.

Earlier this year, community members led a protest in Jackson Heights, New York to protest the New York Police Department (NYPD) for not treating an alleged homophobic attack as a hate crime.

They rallied outside 78th Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

See also:

https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hulls-biggest-gay-bathhouse-close/#gs.Ww0Sdpc0

https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hate-crimes-rose-17-percent-last-year/#gs.ko7jF1yv

https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hull-man-jailed-trans-hate-abuse/#gs.1lq0QZfA