In the wake of anti-Trans legislation in Arkansas, a mom in the small town of Paris is making a big impact in her community just by flying the LGBTQ+ Pride flag.
Neighborhood mom Stephanie Robertson hoisted the Pride flag in front of her house. Her 30-year-old son, Levi, had given it to her just last year.
Levi spoke with PinkNews on what happened:
"She was excited to hang it up for the first time this year and kept it hanging up outside her home all throughout June."
"She texted me yesterday and was like, 'You're not gonna believe the letter I found in our mailbox,' and sent me a photo of the letter."
The letter, scrawled on a small piece of notepad paper, was from an anonymous "young LGBTQ+ person."
"Hello this is probably kinda weird but I walk past your house everyday and I've noticed your flag and I'm glad to know there is at least one ally in this little town."
this was a letter left in my mothers mailbox in paris, arkansas after she had her pride flag up all month https://t.co/O5a7Rh80BJ— 🗣hats on wigs!!!!!🗣 (@🗣hats on wigs!!!!!🗣) 1625267983.0
Levi also told PinkNews about their conversation after his mother saw the letter.
"I immediately called her and told her how profound and awesome it was that her hanging [the flag] made a child feel seen."
"She agreed and kept saying how she couldn't get over how sweet it was."
Levi tweeted out the letter.
He followed up saying they would get a window sticker of the Pride flag to have on their house year round.
@levisaidchange is my moms twitter (YES, she is trolling me in her profile handle name!) and YES we are gonna get h… https://t.co/hhTVJk3K2F— 🗣hats on wigs!!!!!🗣 (@🗣hats on wigs!!!!!🗣) 1625314431.0
The tweet has garnered nearly 755 thousand likes so far, with thousands of heartwarming comments.
@90sbaebe My young son came out to me yesterday as part of the lgbtq+ we have a big long wood fence around our prop… https://t.co/8Mj9kbqGCE— Finding Myself (@Finding Myself) 1625312801.0
@90sbaebe Had mine up all month. I'm not LGBTQ, just don't see the point of discriminating against those that are. https://t.co/ZoKbIBksxS— cb jackson #blacklivesmatter 🌊🌈🤞 (@cb jackson #blacklivesmatter 🌊🌈🤞) 1625344815.0
@90sbaebe Even if this is a gimmick- the message is real. I’m a therapist who works with LGBTQIA teens specifically… https://t.co/IEzjgilQRq— TurduckenWrath (@TurduckenWrath) 1625327040.0
@90sbaebe @pam_houston Beautiful. My gay friends come from mostly supportive families but some experienced painful… https://t.co/mCnpNQFwt5— Mimi *Live a Great Story* 💙🙏🏻📿😷 (@Mimi *Live a Great Story* 💙🙏🏻📿😷) 1625291063.0
@90sbaebe @TucsonBlonde I provided nature walks several groups of kids, ages 5-11, last week at summer camps. I wor… https://t.co/YKvyMKj7J4— Lynda with a “Why” (@Lynda with a “Why”) 1625325533.0
@90sbaebe I have a pride flag in my work office. A young teen saw it and was so excited, saying “Is that a pride f… https://t.co/vRkKVsrGRQ— Ji Smalley (@Ji Smalley) 1625294468.0
@90sbaebe @cara_atl some neighbors mailed this to us with a coffee card. honestly we were waiting for our house to… https://t.co/BpgmNL71uk— kitty kat (@kitty kat) 1625337060.0
@90sbaebe I was totally expecting some hate filled BS. Now my eyes have some water coming out of them. Must fix leak.— Ishan Chauhan (@Ishan Chauhan) 1625286262.0
@IsaFuscaldoJ @90sbaebe Not me either, at 11:58 pm. https://t.co/jsBKPIbcFC— Jennie ⚢ Trott 🏳️🌈 (@Jennie ⚢ Trott 🏳️🌈) 1625284798.0
Stephanie Robertson has lived in small Logan County, Arkansas town of less than 3,500 people since 2014 and now works as a part-time support specialist for the Forest Service at Ozark St. Francis National Forest.
"[She is] completely deserving of all the attention cause she's such an incredible person."
Hopefully this inspires others to make this small gesture to show their allyship and make an impact in their own communities.