By Caroline Reinwald | WISN via CNN
WIND POINT, Wisconsin – A Wind Point couple got creative with their Pride decorations after their neighborhood association told them they had to take down their Pride flag.
Memo Fachino and Lance Mier live at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Wind Point.
They asked WISN 12 not to share the exact neighborhood they live in for their privacy.
Fachino said they put the Pride flag up in March, but recently, someone reported it to the neighborhood association.
The rules in their neighborhood changed within the last month.
Now, the only flag that’s allowed to be flown on a pole outside a single-family home is the American flag.
Fachnio knows the rules well.
He sits on the neighborhood association board.
“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.”
Fachino said while he did not agree with the flag rule, he understood why it was instituted.
When a neighbor reported their Pride flag to the neighborhood association this month, the association told Fachino and Mier to take it down.
The couple took it all in stride and came up with a creative way to show their Pride colors, by shining rainbow floodlights across their entire house.
“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.
Bunting flags are also allowed, so the couple also kept up their rainbow Pride bunting flag along with the lights.
“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.
That representation resonated across the country in a Reddit post Fachino made.
He said he was surprised by all the attention it got, but happy to be able to provide an example of how other LGBTQ community members can show their Pride colors.
“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.”
Fachino and Mier said their neighbors have been very supportive of the lights and that they are well within their neighborhood association guidelines to shine them on the house, as they would any other time of year for decorations.
They plan to keep the lights up through the month of June, which is Pride Month.
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