When a new rule forced homeowners to make changes to their decorations, one couple made a bold decision to fight back - while still following the rules to a T.
HOA won’t let us fly our modest Pride flag, so we just follow the rules.
Due to some neighbors flying BLM flags, Thin blue line flags, and other opinion flags, our HOA decided last month that we’re only allowed to fly the USA flag, and nothing else.
They day after the decision, we receive an email that someone reported our Pride flag (that we had in our house since 2016), and that we needed to take it down. We complied and removed the flag.
Looking through our new rules, we noticed that removable lights are permitted without restriction so... we bought 6 colored flood lights, and we washed our house in pride colors.
A little less subtle than our simple flag. A lot more fun for anyone complaining about the flag itself and what it represents.
If you’re interested, here’s the house now:
For those thirsty for more details:
What is HOA? Have read a lot of posts writing about it and have figured it's some sort of decision making board for something. But what exactly is it and what is HOA short for?
Stands for homeowners association. Some neighborhoods have governing rules that apply to certain regulations for all members of that community. It varies from place to place.
Where I’m from, they mainly regulate the overall look and aesthetics of the homes, they oversee lawn care crews that care for common areas, manage some of our amenities like pool and other shared spaces, and for the most part look after the curb appeal of the community.
There are a lot more restrictive ones. Our HOA has a board of directors that is formed by designated neighbors from different areas of the neighborhood that are elected by the members of the community.
CaptainRelyk wanted to know:
Did they ever change the rule or respond? You should report this to your local news. Say something along the lines of your hoa thinking that lgbt flags are political. If I were your I would fight them and keep them up. I will go to fucking court if I have to. I will make a big deal out of this and the damn hoa will get bad news press.
And OP reponded:
I mean, this happened … also a different local publication, plus BBC, USA Today, CNN, and a few other media picked it up. Not really interested in going through a battle, let alone a legal one, over the rule at this time. Plus seems like this worked out well for us anyway and we love our newest display, so that’s fun. We haven’t changed any rules for now, neither to allow the flags, nor to ban these lights. Much of the neighborhood supported us also!
But reddit_haven_of_evil wasn't impressed by the story:
I can tell you really hate God and Christianity. It's unfortunate because the decisions you make in this life are what determines how you spend the next one.
To which OP said:
You’re mistaken, because A) you don’t know me, and B) I simply don’t believe in god, so I can’t hate it, and I don’t hate Christianity, I just don’t think it’s worth the trouble. For now I’ll focus on the decisions I make in this life, that will affect the way I live this current existence.
Honestly, I don’t get the point of this. Why do you need to show you’re gay? Nobody else is allowed to fly their opinionated flags, or what they believe in.
Because they should. And because I believe lgbtq+ representation matters.