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This neighbourhood's response to homophobia will restore your faith in humanity

24th August 2016

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How many of you know your neighbours? We’re guessing it’s very few of you. However, luckily for Massachusetts couple Cari and Lauri Ryding, it was their community who stepped up to the plate in their time of need.

When the Rydings returned home from holiday, they discovered that the rainbow flag they had hung on their porch after the Orlando massacre had been stolen, and their house egged by unknown vandals.

The couple could have become incredibly uncomfortable living where they did after such a blatant show of homophobia, if it wasn’t for the kindness of their neighbours. The area launched into action, bulk ordering similar rainbow flags and putting them outside their houses in a heartwarming “I am Spartacus” show of solidarity. Now over 40 flags are proudly displayed throughout the area.

Lauri says: “Somebody’s fear called them to action. But our neighbours support and love called them to action, and love conquers hate. Love wins. We win.”

Penni Rochwerger, who lives around the corner from the Rydings, told the Boston Globe: “If we can stop whatever hate is out there, I think that’s really important.”

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