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Neighbors cover street with rainbow flags after couple’s flag stolen, replaced with American flag

BARRINGTON, Ill. — A suburban Illinois couple got the best gift they could have imagined this holiday season: a neighborhood filled with rainbows after their LGBT pride flag was stolen.

Casey Handel and Zadette Rosado just moved into Barrington, northwest of Chicago, last May with their two daughters. They flew their rainbow flag behind their home. Two weeks ago, someone snuck into their yard and took it down and replaced it with a United States flag, according to WGN.

“We were pretty devastated as far as, who would do this? Why would they do it?” Handel said.

The couple said the incident was chilling, but then something wonderful happened.

Word got around the neighborhood and it was more than one of their neighbors, Kim Filian, could bear. She didn’t really know the couple but she planted a pride flag on her lawn in solidarity. Then she ordered more, then other neighbors kept asking for them. Now they are everywhere around their neighborhood.

“Frankly, I’ve grown weary of this, of all this hate,” Filian said. “And I got to say, it just seemed like there was one thing that I could do that I had control of."

“For me, whenever there’s a bad situation, I always remember there’s a silver lining, and this was our silver lining,” Rosado said.

After that, gifts started randomly showing up, and people started dropping by. It was an amazing lesson in the goodness of humanity for the couple’s two children.

“We said look at what all the good people are doing, look at all the nice people in the world. For every bad person, there’s 100 nice people, and it is a really good lesson for them, and for all the children in the neighborhood, to see that there’s good in this world and it always outweighs the bad,” Handel said.

The couple has had quite a year. Handel beat cancer and the two are getting married at the end of the month. And now they’re getting to know the neighbors, just in time for Christmas.

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  • Peter

    What’s with the rainbow flags being flown in our faces. I don’t fly a flag, saying I’m a straight male, maybe I should buy a flag and fly it for all of my neighbors to see. Why do these people feel the need to put stickers on their cars and display rainbows. No other race, ethnic group, or any other sexual orientation does this.

    • Farva (@DaRealFarva)

      Maybe because not that long ago “men” like you would enjoy discriminating against them or “straightening them out”. Maybe they can finally express who they are without bigoted jerks putting them down. If your sexuality is so threatened by a flag, you might want to seek professional help for the issue and just get on with your “normal” life.

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