Texas Couple’s Pride Flags Give Young Neighbor Courage to Come Out

A lesbian couple in Williamson County, Texas, recently found a heartwarming letter under a rock on the doormat outside their home.

“Hello, you don’t know me but my name is [redacted],” the note reads. “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.”

The note also includes a drawing of a young person waving the transgender and pansexual Pride flags.

“This is why visibility is SO important,” wrote Sal Stow, who first discovered the note, on Facebook. “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.”

Stow noted that Williamson County commissioners had just voted unanimously to not allow the Pride flag to be flown on local court buildings. “I am proud of who I am and the person I love,” she continued. “I will continue to be visible in whatever way I can.”

“I proudly fly 2 rainbow flags at my home,” Stow’s partner, Meghan Stabler, tweeted. “You never know who needs the support, who is hiding and needs a lift up.”

“We live in a very conservative county in a conservative state,” Stabler, who is trans, tells LGBTQ Nation. “To the right of me are Trump supporters. Across the street are conservative Christians.”

Both Stow and Stabler are active LGBTQ advocates. Stabler serves on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood and has worked with HRC and Athlete Ally.

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