Residents of a neighborhood in Barrington, Ill., decorated their homes with rainbow flags after a couple said their LGBT pride flag was stolen from their yard.

Casey Handal and Zadette Rosado told WGN-TV they moved to the suburban Chicago neighborhood with their two daughters in May and put up a rainbow flag outside their home.

A few weeks ago, though, the couple said a person snuck into their yard to take down the flag and replace it with a United States flag. 

ADVERTISEMENT

“We were pretty devastated as far as, who would do this? Why would they do it?” Handal told WGN.

After news of the incident spread through the neighborhood, Handal said one of her neighbors, Kim Filian, planted a pride flag in her yard in solidarity with the family. Filian ordered more to share with the neighborhood after others started asking for their own flags. 

“Frankly, I’ve grown weary of this, of all this hate,” Filian told the station. “And I got to say, it just seemed like there was one thing that I could do that I had control of."

“For me, whenever there’s a bad situation, I always remember there’s a silver lining, and this was our silver lining,” Rosado said.

Handal told the outlet she saw the gesture as a “really good lesson” for their daughters and other children.

“We said look at what all the good people are doing, look at all the nice people in the world. For every bad person, there’s 100 nice people,” Handal said.

“And it is a really good lesson for them, and for all the children in the neighborhood, to see that there’s good in this world and it always outweighs the bad.”