Our story in a nutshell… by our home stands a post with our house numbers on it, attached to the top of that post we had a Rainbow Pride flag. Nine different times in the span of a year we woke up in the morning and our flag was ripped from the post. Leaving only the metal grommets where it used to be. We talked to the police who said they would look into it but it is really impossible to know who was sneaking around in the middle of the night.
We replaced flag after flag, and finally had had enough we contacted the FBI and reported a hate crime, and things calmed down for a while. A few months later when flag #9 was stolen, we decided that we were going to do something constructive about this.
That was the day we decided that if we were not the only LGBT people in the area having problems of this type there had to be more. So the idea of the center was put into action. We have added a few new special touches to our property We replaced the original pole with the house numbers sporting a new born this way flag, added a 15’ flag pole in the side yard, with a rainbow pride flag, and a flag from the Human Rights Campaign which is one of many of the organizations we are receiving information from to help further our work.
So from a negative act of hate and rebellion a safe space was born “The Adair Co. GLBT Recource Center” ( a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit Corporation), Is alive and well.