A same-sex couple in Texas has learned the power of visibility firsthand after finding a heartfelt note from a young person in their neighborhood.
Sal Stow discovered the grateful letter on the doorstep of the house belonging to her partner, Meghan Stabler, who proudly flies two rainbow flags. Stabler is a trans lesbian activist who's been breaking ground at Planned Parenthood, which and so happens to be one of The Advocate's Champions of Pride.
Stow shared the note on Facebook with the following caption: “I just went out to collect 2 packages from the doorstep (at my partner Meghan’s house, that I call home) only to find this note under a rock on the mat. This is why visibility is SO important. 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. Williamson County is extremely conservative and in fact the County Commissioners voted 4-0 to not allow the pride flag to be flown on the Round Rock county court buildings. I am proud of who I am and the person I love. I will continue to be visible in whatever way I can.”
The note from the young person read: “Hello, you don’t know me but my name is [redacted]. 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.”
Stabler also shared the note to Twitter, tweeting: “LGBTQ Visibility Matters: Read a beautiful note found on my doorstep. I proudly fly 2 rainbow flags at my home. You never know who needs the support, who is hiding and needs a lift up.”
LGBTQ Visibility Matters: Read a beautiful note found on my doorstep. I proudly fly 2 rainbow flags at my home. You never know who needs the support, who is hiding and needs a lift up. #PrideMonth2019 #translivesmatter #stonewall50 #equality https://t.co/AjpCCobJYq pic.twitter.com/rh2qT3eFys
— Meghan Stabler (@MeghanStabler) June 19, 2019
The ability to fly Pride flags in June has become a contentious one this year, following reports that the Department of State has been denying permission for U.S. embassies to raise them on their official poles. In response, some embassies have found creative places to display rainbows, the symbol of LGBTQ rights.