A Texas couple found a note on their doorstep that has affirmed their belief in living out and proud.
Sal Stow and Meghan Stabler live in Williamson County, Texas, an area that attracted attention earlier this year for banning the Pride Flag outside county buildings.
On June 19, Stow went outside to collect some packages and found the note.
“Hello, you don’t know me but my name is [redacted],” it read. “We’re moving away today but I wanted to thank you. Seeing a pride flag waving so proudly outside your home every day has given me the courage to come out to my family and be more comfortable with who I am.”
The note also includes a scrawled picture of someone holding the Pride Flag and Trans Pride Flag.
Stow took to Facebook to share the news, while Stabler made a post on Twitter.
“This is why visibility is SO important,” Stow said in her post. “You never know who needs the support and to know it’s ok.”
“I hope this person is ok, their family is being supportive and they find a community to connect with that can help them through this brave process. Williamson County is extremely conservative and in fact the County Commissioners voted 4-0 to not allow the pride flag to be flown on the Round Rock county court buildings. I am proud of who I am and the person I love. I will continue to be visible in whatever way I can.”
Stabler echoed her sentiments, writing: “LGBTQ Visibility Matters: Read a beautiful note found on my doorstep. I proudly fly 2 rainbow flags at my home. You never know who needs the support, who is hiding and needs a lift up.”
This isn’t the first time Stabler has attracted attention as a prominent member of the community.
An out-transgender marketing executive for a software company, she also served eight years as a member of the National Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign and worked on President Obama’s National LGBT Policy Committee.
In 2014, she became the first ever transgender woman named “Mother of the Year” by Business Wire.
LGBTQ Visibility Matters: Read a beautiful note found on my doorstep. I proudly fly 2 rainbow flags at my home. You never know who needs the support, who is hiding and needs a lift up. #PrideMonth2019 #translivesmatter #stonewall50 #equality https://t.co/AjpCCobJYq pic.twitter.com/rh2qT3eFys
— Meghan Stabler (@MeghanStabler) June 19, 2019