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Gay couple forced to take Pride flag down light up home in same colors

Memo Fachino and Lance Mier were forced to take down a Pride flag (left) outside their home due to neighborhood association rules but responded by installing floodlights (right) (Pictures: Memo Fachino and Lance Mier)

A neighborhood association that forced a couple to take down a Pride flag outside their home could not stop them from showcasing their support for the LGBTQ community. The couple came up with a clever and equally if not more eye-catching way to show solidarity.

Memo Fachino and Lance Mier put up a Pride flag at their home in Racine, Wisconsin, in March, but it was recently reported to their neighborhood association. The neighborhood association happened to have changed its rules a month prior to only allow an American flag to be flown on a pole outside a single-family residence.

Fachino told WISN that he was well aware of the rule change, because he sits on the board. While he disagreed with the new rule, Fachino said he understood why it was instituted.

‘The political environment was a little bit more charged and there were some flags that were being flown that were opposite in terms of neighbors,’ Fachino said. ‘There were some discussions on frictions between them.’

A neighbor reported Fachino and Mier’s Pride flag to the association, which 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 fly the flag, we’ll find a different way to still show that representation and we just happened to do it through our floodlights,’ Mier said.

While the Pride flag was not allowed on the pole, bunting flags were not banned, so the couple kept their blunting flag up with the light display.

‘We always said we believe in diversity and representation, so we wanted to follow that same sentiment while being within the rules and being respectful of our guidelines,’ Fachino said.

Fachino posted on Reddit about their creative project and said he was surprised that it drew so much engagement. He said it stands as an example of how the LGBTQ community can display their pride and that they plan to keep the installation up through the end of Pride Month in June.

‘Representation matters and diversity matters and if you can find a way to make that work in a way that’s not aggressive and not imposed on anyone,’ Fachino said. “Our lights don’t hit anyone’s home, they’re not loud, they’re only up three hours a day. It’s not a crazy busy intersection where everyone is forced to see them. We like it as a pretty light approach.’

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