According to Gay Street (Manhattan) resident Micah Latter, on April 14 (Good Friday), someone chained a wooden cross to various gates along the street.
Someone was clearly trying to make an intolerant statement, but for the record, the Gay Street was named back in 1833, and has no direct connection to the LGBT community.
Latter explains on Instagram that the cross first showed up chained and locked to her apartment gate, and that the owner kept moving it around every few days.
Instead of ignoring the intolerant symbolism of the cross, a group of neighbors decided to get creative and create something that wasn’t only inclusive, but also kind of incredible.
They turned it into a “love cross” by painting it in the rainbow colors of the pride flag.
“As a Christian, the cross is a sign of love, peace, and hope and it was clear the mysterious owner of the cross was not sharing those same values,” said Latter. “It was unsettling that the owner’s intentions were not sincere.”
A friend suggested to Latter that she should celebrate the cross rather than allowing it to frustrate her, so she texted her neighbors explaining her plan and more than fifty people showed up.
“My favorite part of the event were locals sharing the experience with strangers,” Latter said. “We had two tourists from Brazil stay for the entire painting; we had kids skateboarding by stop to paint; we had many straight couples, gay couples, and a transgender couple all sit, paint, talk, and stand in the street sharing stories. It was a magical NYC moment.”
Latter also added her own locks, so that the owner can’t remove the cross.
“It belongs to the street now,” she said.
Love is love is love.
Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/neighbors-had-perfect-response-to-finding-cross-chained-on-gay-street/