'Firefly' actress Jewel Staite praises teens for kind act after church's pride flag is defaced

Jewel Staite shared a photo of inclusive messaged chalked outside a church sidewalk (Credit: Twitter)
Jewel Staite shared a photo of inclusive messaged chalked outside a church sidewalk (Credit: Twitter)

After a Gay Pride flag that hung outside a church was repeatedly defaced, local high school students stepped in to take matters into their own hands, writing messages of support on the front sidewalk.

Bringing to good deed into the national spotlight was Canadian actress Jewel Staite, known for her roles as Kaylee Frye in the TV series Firefly, and as Dr. Jennifer Kelley in the science fiction TV series Stargate. She shared a photo on Twitter of the sweet messages chalked by the teens.

“Our local church in my small town hung a Pride flag that was defaced,” her tweet reads. “They hung another and that one was defaced, too. So the high school kids went over and drew rainbows and messages of inclusion all over the sidewalk out front. The next generation is not taking any BS.”

The sidewalk was decorated with hearts and affirming notes, such as, “Trans rights are human rights,” “Unconditional love” and “Love you neighbor.”

Staite’s Twitter followers immediately responded, pointing out how unfortunate it is that people still aren’t free to be themselves. One person praised the students, calling their efforts a “beautiful and loving gesture,” but said that life as a lesbian person is still dangerous.

Other Twitter users related to Staite, sharing their own stories of young students making bad situations a little bit better.

One person posted photos of a different sidewalk, onto which elementary school children drew small cartoons about saving the environment. One of the images shows chalk artwork of a person standing next to a tree with an axe, cut out with a red X. Others encourage recycling, conservation and saving turtles.

While her followers shared their own experiences, one thing they all had in common was mutual appreciation for the kids — showing that, as it turns out, the next generation isn’t so bad after all.

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