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Neighborhood kid leaves touching note on couple’s doorstep thanking them for the courage to come out

Neighborhood kid leaves touching note on couple’s doorstep thanking them for the courage to come out

Neighborhood kid leaves touching note on couple's doorstep thanking them for the courage to come out.
Neighborhood kid leaves touching note on couple’s doorstep thanking them for the courage to come out. Courtesy of Sal Stow.

Last year, a gay couple got quite the surprise when they found a hand-written note outside their front door.

Sal Stow, an elementary school teacher in Round Rock, Texas, was staying with her girlfriend, Meghan Stabler, when she found the note under a rock outside her front door.

Upon opening the message, the couple realized it was from a neighborhood kid, expressing gratitude for the courage to come out.

Stow posted a photo of the note on Facebook, and Stabler also shared the note on her Twitter account, where both had been shared thousands of times.

The Note

The note read: “You don’t know me, but my name is…” the stranger wrote. “We’re moving away today, but I wanted to thank you. Seeing a Pride flag waving so proudly outside your house every day has given me the courage to come out to my family and be more comfortable with who I am.”

Stow and Stabler have been a couple for over two years now, and share a home together for part of the year.

“When I picked the note up, I almost burst into tears,” Stow, who’s originally from the U.K. told GMA.

“Knowing our visibility had the impact it had on one person, it means so much. So, when I read the note I was thankful that through our visibility, we had empowered a young person to be comfortable within themselves.”

Stow said she and Stabler wanted to share the letter online in honor of Pride Month, and were touched by the comments.

Sal and Meghan taking a selfie.
Sal and Meghan taking a selfie. Courtesy of Sal Stow.

Stow said she might know the author/illustrator’s identity, but would like to protect their privacy.

“It blows my mind that it had this much of a ripple effect, especially in the climate were living in,” Stow added. “It makes my heart full seeing the impact it’s having.”

No matter what your beliefs are, have the courage to be yourself, and encourage others to do the same. Humanity is beautiful and we all need to lift each other up and empower others to be happy and comfortable in their own skin!

No matter who you are, or what you believe, we love you…you beautiful human you! Again – WE LOVE YOU!

This was originally published on in June of 2019.


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