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.”
Our local church in my small town hung a Pride flag that was defaced. 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. ❤️🌈 pic.twitter.com/EJP23jVsmN
— Jewel Staite (@JewelStaite) June 21, 2019
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.
On behalf of the LGBTQ community I thank these young people. Their valiant efforts are a beautiful loving gesture & every such effort, no matter how small, makes my life as a Lesbian....I was going to say 'easier' but its really: 'less dangerous'.
— pÅ!ñ+€Г🌈 (@Alice23802230) June 21, 2019
There is hope after all? Thanks for sharing - I needed that.
— Kitty Greycloak (@KGreycloak) June 21, 2019
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.
The kids in the elementary school across the street did these.
The kids are alright. 🌎🌍🌏 pic.twitter.com/0ldsMc4V31
— Mer Brebner (@merbrebner) June 21, 2019
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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