As 2016 comes to a close, there is no doubt that this year was difficult for many in the LGBTQ and allied community. After a year of such celebration and momentous progress in 2015, 2016 was a shocking wake-up call to many about the realities that LGBTQ people face. From the rise in anti-LGBTQ legislation to the horrific shooting at Pulse, from the incidents of anti-transgender violence to the election of a presidential ticket that threatened to undermine equality and justice, we know that our job is more important now than ever before.
However, through these difficult times, we witnessed countless moments of inspiration. Throughout the year, time and time again, we saw people stand up and do what was right. Whether they were celebrities, politicians, a friend or just an acquaintance, we saw people stand up for equality and inspire us all. Their stories made us cry, gave us hope and reminded us that love will conquer hate.
In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, pro-equality supporters are waving their rainbow and HRC flags high to show their support for the LGBTQ community.
A day after the election, Susan received an anonymous letter from a neighbor complaining that the rainbow flag on her home made them feel “uncomfortable.” She originally hung the flag after the tragedy at Pulse nightclub in June to show support for the LGBTQ community.
The letter shocked and hurt Susan. After she shared the letter with some neighbors and her neighborhood email list, her neighbors began hanging up rainbow flags. More than 20 flags were hung as a sign of support—including a few HRC flags.
To welcome Vice President-elect Mike Pence to Washington D.C. his new neighbors are displaying rainbow flags on their porches and lawns to send a message of equality to the soon-to-be former Indiana governor to counter his extensive anti-LGBTQ record as an elected official.
The simple display of an HRC flag on your home, dorm room or office or HRC sticker on your car, laptop or elsewhere shows that you believe in a world that does not discriminate against anyone and that we are in this fight together.
Follow along with HRC’s blog in the coming days as we recognize the people who inspired us and gave us hope, courage and strength in 2016.