Robertson’s son Levi, 30, told PinkNews that his mother was “excited” to hang the Pride flag for the first time in June. He told the outlet that she texted him after receiving the letter in his mailbox and that he “couldn’t forget how sweet it was” to receive it. According to Levi, his mother plans to keep the flag high throughout the year.
Here is a photo of the letter.
“Hi, this is probably a little weird,” the letter says. “But I pass by your house every day and I have noticed your flag and I am glad to know that there is at least one ally in this small town, of a young LGBTQ + person.”
While some people on Twitter have suggested that the note is false, many others are celebrating how poignant the sentiment is and how meaningful it is for LGBTQ + people of all ages to find visible acceptance.
As Daily Kos has covered in the past, studies have shown that adult acceptance and affirmation make a huge difference in the quality of life for LGBTQ + youth, even literally. reducing the rate of suicide attempts. At a time when Republicans are focused on distracting themselves from their failures amid the new coronavirus pandemic (and more generally), we are seeing anti-trans bills emerge across the country. As Daily Kos continues to cover, these bills often target trans girls in sports, but also affect trans people in terms of birth certificates and age-appropriate gender-affirming health care. Some laws even attempt to make it a serious crime for doctors to provide such medical care to patients.
Hanging a Pride flag, of course, does not in itself negate the heinous actions of the Republican Party. But when it comes to building a safe community, every step counts and fostering acceptance can, and in a sense, really should—Growing locally too. LGBTQ + youth may not watch the news or keep up with what is going on in the world of electoral politics, but they are certainly paying attention to who makes themselves known as a safe person in their everyday lives, and that it is all the more News Block for the allies to step up and be brave.
How can we help? You can support LGBTQ + youth (and queers of all ages) by using the correct pronouns, validate people’s identities and educate yourself on the alliance. We also compiled a list of five free mental health and suicide prevention resources. here.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Line 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255 in English and Spanish.