Flying The Rainbow Flag Mostly Because We’re From Oz

As some of you know, we bought our rainbow flag in a show of support for our gay youth.

We finally overcome our personal inertia and display it on our newly-installed flagpole after a homophobic comment at a neighborhood Halloween party about Scott not wanting to be a “bowl of fruit.”

When Scott proudly tells a co-worker about our new decor, she responds: The old people in your neighborhood aren’t going to know what it means.

Scott: No way.

Me, later that night: No way.

Friendly neighbor even later that night: Are you from France?

Me: What? No? I’m from New England…. and I’m naturally stylish.

{cue primping}

Friendly neighbor: Oh. We were just trying to figure out what country your flag was from.


So the old gay people in my neighborhood might still be screwed.

Although I’m hoping they’ll at least pop by to meet the stylish French couple. Because who can resist a jaunty beret?

We love you, and you can love whomever you want.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

24 thoughts to “Flying The Rainbow Flag Mostly Because We’re From Oz”

  1. I love this! Back in the 90’s my mom was going to school at Emory University and living part time with a (gay) friend in Midtown Atlanta while commuting from SE Tennessee. They were walking around the neighborhood one night and my mom noticing that almost every house has a rainbow flag hanging says, ” Oh my gosh S, your neighborhood has a neighborhood flag! How cute is that!” To this S busts out laughing almost falls over her feet and says, ” Yeah J it’s to show everyone but you that we’re gay!” When she came home and told me I was mortified at how unhip my mom was.

  2. wouldn’t that be awesome if France’s flag was a rainbow? I mean, they might be old but I’m pretty sure good old Frenchie has had the red, white, and blue longer than we have.

    I love your rainbow flag, the jaunty beret (because berets should never be any other way), and your naturally stylish husband. 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh this just made my night. I can’t help but keep laughing. I would have really thought that everyone would know what the rainbow flag stands for. I might have to ask my 70 something grandparents and get back with you on that.

  4. Alex, you and Scott are awesome. Just an amazing couple. You continue to impress me and inspire me . Seriously, you rock!

    LOVE the photo!

  5. Maybe we should just embroider “Gay Pride” and a fist on a piece of rip cloth? Subtleties seem to be lost.

    Like when the Pope didn’t even stop when all those folks in Spain protested by kissing.

  6. Oh my. That’s awesome.

    When I moved to Atlanta after college, I had a roommate from a small town and she had never seen a rainbow flag/sticker/whatnot. After about the millionth time of her exclaiming over all the “adorable rainbows!” throughout town, we clued her in.

  7. This is totally off topic, but I’ve just discovered that subscribing to your blog via email and then clicking on the “quick comment” link is a truly amazing way for a lazy…I mean, BUSY reader to stay updated. Brilliant!

    Okay…on topic…

    Love the flag, love the neighbor’s cluelessness, but, mostly, LOVE the beret.

  8. Your excellent post has me smiling in commiseration. As one of a handful of blue folks in a decidedly red county, I often find myself in the position of translator. Maybe I’ll just start telling people I’m from France (but actually I’m from New England too – not that that would be seen as any better by many of the people I meet here).

  9. okay, first? how awesome that you have a gay flag on your house. just too great. and i am sure you will lose some neighbor “friends” over this, too. and it’s just awesome. i love neighborhood drama.

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