"We live in 2019, people should be able to bring a child up same-sex and live in a street and be happy.”
An entire neighborhood in Hull, England said no to hate and rallied together to combat homophobia after lesbian parents received a hateful flyer in their mail slot.
Stephanie Trotter and Vikki Parkey just want to live in peace and raise their daughter, but someone in the community isn't making them feel welcome.
The letter not only criticized their relationship but said parenting a child is “immoral and wrong,” and that the community wants them out.
Parkey says she's aware of people who disagree with their family dynamic, but actually going on their property to express it is frightening.
“For somebody to come out of their way to post something through the letterbox in the night, that was probably the most scary and upsetting thing,” Parkey told ITV News.
She says despite the intimidation, their 17-month-old daughter will know something else and she shouldn't have even been brought into the equation.
“She just wants love and that’s what we give her,” Trotter told the BBC.
And neighbors seem to feel the same way because there has been an outpouring of support since their story broke.
Residents have put up rainbow flags and posters of acceptance and recognition.
One neighbor explained, “We live in 2019, people should be able to bring a child up same-sex and live in a street and be happy.”
Another said, “We are absolutely disgusted. You could not wish for nicer neighbors."
Even the sporting world has come to the family's defense. The Hull Kingston Rovers asked them to the game this past Saturday to deliver the match ball to the pitch.
“I think it’s great that the immediate community are rallying round this amazing family,” said Andy Train, chair of the Hull and East Riding LGBT Forum. “Having dreadful and horrible thoughts is an issue for [the letter writer] to sort out, please do not foist them on people getting on with their lives.”
Humberside Police are currently investigating the incident. “We have spoken to the resident, offering her advice and support and are investigating the incident,” said a spokesperson for the department.