Peace Flag House’s name comes from the two rainbow peace flags that fly on the front of the house. These flags have become a bit of a neighbourhood landmark.
We put the flags up in 2013 because we live across the street from a high school and we know there are high rates of homophobic and transphobic bullying in our schools.
We wanted any kids at the high school that may be struggling with bullying and acceptance to know they weren’t alone.
Putting up the flags felt like a simple act. But those flags sparked an ongoing wave of hate crimes targeted at our house. Homophobic graffiti, stolen flags, broken flag poles and slashed tires became normal.
Those flags also brought the neighbourhood together in the most spectacular way. Pascal tells the full story here for Tedx Ryerson.