A same-sex couple in Chicago has gone viral online with the fabulous Pride Month display they erected outside their house.
Nicholas Vazquez and Jesse Campbell told the Chicago Tribune that they wanted to do something special this year to mark Pride month for their 16-month-year-old son, Rocco.
Campbell, an interior designer, said the display was in part inspired by the quote: “Don’t be afraid to show off your true colors.”
He said the quote reminded him of a paintbrush with many colors, and he decided to make it the focal point of their design.
Campbell constructed a giant paintbrush out of styrofoam and placed it above their porch. They then hung fabric strips in the colors of the rainbow from the brush.
“It started off as a craft project and it just turned into something bigger,” Vazquez told Fox32.
Someone soon took a photo and posted it to an
After a photo of the display was posted to their local neighborhood Facebook group on Saturday, people began showing up to take photos. Vasquez says one couple drove nearly 45 minutes to see their display.
The couple says they’ve heard parents explaining what the display means to their kids.
“Kids are kids, and they start asking questions,” Vazquez told the Tribune. “I can hear them, and the parents are taking the time and explaining (Pride) to them and what this means and the colors and how this makes people feel.”
The couple is using the display’s popularity to raise money for The Trevor Project, which works to support queer youth and prevent LGBTQ suicide.
“For us, it’s become a way to give back to the community,” said Campbell. “There are a lot of places not as diverse as Chicago where the kids really need (the Trevor Project).”
The fundraiser, launched Monday, has already raised over $5,800 of its $10,000 goal. Last night, Jesse posted an update thanking people for their support: “We are beyond humbled by everyone’s love and generosity for supporting The Trevor Project. Thank you all so much, and please share so we can hopefully reach and surpass our goal!”