This past Saturday a Pride flag was stolen in Texas and replaced with an American flag. This was the anti-LGBT note the assailant left behind: “I didn’t agree with your flag so I took it down. If you don’t agree with this one, you can take it down. P.S. there are only 2 (two) genders.”
The theft took place outside the Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Plano. The assailant behind the act and typed note remains unknown.
“It wasn’t a shock to me, but it is disappointing,” church member Betsy Friauf told NBC 5 in Dallas. “But, you know, they gave us a gift—they left us a brand new American flag.”
Friauf donated the Pride flag back in October so it could be used to symbolize the church’s inclusivity. It’s so inclusive that they actually kept a backup flag.
“We’re not naive. We realized when we put up the first flag, we realized someone might decide they wanted to remove it without our permission,” said Friauf. “So we decided we would have a flag in reserve.”
Church leadership has spoken out as well.
“We hope that it opens up a large dialogue with the community as a whole,” said Reverend Patrick Price, who called the theft “annoying” but refuses to label it a crisis.
Price does, however, have a message for the thief: “Come and talk to us. Have a conversation.”
For now, the plan is to hoist that backup Pride flag alongside the new American flag this coming Saturday.