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(20,998 posts)
Tue Aug 23, 2016, 03:36 PM Aug 2016

A gay couple in Natick was targeted. Here’s how the neighborhood responded

By Michael Levenson GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 23, 2016

NATICK – Cari and Lauri Ryding always felt welcome on Strawberry Hill Road. Then they came home from vacation and discovered the rainbow flag they had hung after the Orlando massacre had been stolen and their front porch pelted with eggs.

“It really sent us reeling,” Cari said.

But what happened next reminded the couple why they loved the neighborhood in the first place. On Sunday, a squadron of children on bicycles delivered rainbow flags to house after house.

And one by one, the flags went up, transforming a swath of suburbia – more than 40 houses in all — into a brilliantly colored declaration of pride and solidarity, displayed on picket fences, garages, doorways, and decks.

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A gay couple in Natick was targeted. Here’s how the neighborhood responded (Original Post) Raster Aug 2016 OP
Those kids were raised right. Ken Burch Aug 2016 #1
Good kids, good parents, good neighbors... Raster Aug 2016 #2
K&R~ sheshe2 Aug 2016 #3
This is how I want our world to be. demmiblue Aug 2016 #4
The story had me bawling from the first moment I read it... Raster Aug 2016 #5
That would be nice Angry Dragon Aug 2016 #8
Absolutely!!! AwakeAtLast Aug 2016 #14
Now that's good neighbors for ya. romanic Aug 2016 #6
This message was self-deleted by its author kestrel91316 Aug 2016 #7
I'm so proud of my state! smirkymonkey Aug 2016 #9
As you should be! ladym55 Aug 2016 #13
K&R. Good on the Natickers (Natickites?) friendly_iconoclast Aug 2016 #10
I'm not one for tears, TexasMommaWithAHat Aug 2016 #11
It just goes to show trixie Aug 2016 #12
Now they know ... surrealAmerican Aug 2016 #15
I love this story! brer cat Aug 2016 #16
bravo on the kids and neighborhoods part. boo to the perps . allan01 Aug 2016 #17
K&R Jeffersons Ghost Aug 2016 #18
To the bigoted vandals who stole the flag and egged their porch... roamer65 Aug 2016 #19
tears here for this beautiful story. what a wonderful group of neighbors. niyad Aug 2016 #20
Love trumps hate. How beautiful. Hekate Aug 2016 #21
Defeated by children on bicycles Shankapotomus Aug 2016 #22
I love this. LWolf Aug 2016 #23
This made me cry, what beautiful people. K & R! arthritisR_US Aug 2016 #24


(20,998 posts)
2. Good kids, good parents, good neighbors...
Tue Aug 23, 2016, 03:39 PM
Aug 2016

...decency, love and understanding will ALWAYS trump hate and bigotry.


(20,998 posts)
5. The story had me bawling from the first moment I read it...
Tue Aug 23, 2016, 04:00 PM
Aug 2016

...no matter our genders, our colors, our orientation, our religions... we are not that different from each other.

Response to Raster (Original post)


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12. It just goes to show
Tue Aug 23, 2016, 05:17 PM
Aug 2016

Hate is learned. Love and compassion are inherent in children. This is the community I would want to live in.

When people say that those against rights for same sex are on the wrong side of history this is exactly what they are talking about.


(1,950 posts)
17. bravo on the kids and neighborhoods part. boo to the perps .
Tue Aug 23, 2016, 08:15 PM
Aug 2016

who in the heck appointed themselves Judge , jury and executioneer. humbug.

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