Gay couple forced to remove pride flag lights up at home in same colors – –

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Gay couple forced to remove pride flag lights up at home in same colors – –


Memo Fachino and Lance Mier were forced to remove a pride flag (left) in front of their house due to neighborhood association rules, but responded by installing spotlights (right) (Photos: Memo Fachino and Lance Mier)

A neighborhood association that forced a couple to remove a pride flag outside their home couldn’t stop them from showing their support for the LGBTQ community. The couple found a clever and equally if not more eye-catching way to show solidarity.

Memo Fachino and Lance Mier installed a pride flag at their home in Racine, Wisconsin, in March, but it was recently reported to their neighborhood association. The neighborhood association changed its rules a month ago to only allow an American flag to fly on a pole outside of a single-family residence.

Fachino told WISN he was well aware of the rule change because he sits on the board. Although he did not agree with the new rule, Fachino said he understood why it was instituted.

“The political environment was a bit busier and there were flags flying that were opposed in terms of neighbors,” Fachino said. “There have been discussions about the friction between them. “

A neighbor reported the flag of Fachino and Mier’s Pride to the association, who ordered them to remove it. The couple complied, but bounced back by lighting up the exterior of their home in rainbow colors.

“If we can’t raise the flag, we’ll find a different way to always show that representation and we just did it through our spotlight,” Mier said.

While the pride flag was not allowed on the pole, dull flags were not prohibited, so the couple kept their flag dull with the illuminated display.

“We’ve always said we believe in diversity and representation, so we wanted to follow that same sentiment while playing by the rules and following our guidelines,” said Fachino.

Fachino posted their creative project on Reddit and said he was surprised they got so much engagement. He said it was an example of how the LGBTQ community could display their pride and that they planned to keep the facility going until the end of Pride Month in June.

“Representation matters and diversity matters and so you can find a way to make it work in a way that isn’t aggressive or forced on anyone,” Fachino said. “Our lights don’t touch anyone, they aren’t noisy, they only work three hours a day. It is not a very busy intersection where everyone has to see them. We like it as a fairly light approach.

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