New Jersey Family Responds To Anti-Gay Graffiti In The Most Awesome Way Possible (IMAGES)

Villas, New Jersey, is a small town of about 10,000 in Cape May County, at the southern tip of the state. Erin Kennedy DeLong is a mother who lives in Villas with her husband Joe, nine-year-old son Joey, and two teenage daughters, Miranda and Emily, both of whom identify as bisexual. When Miranda discovered that vandals had spray painted the family’s garage door with anti-gay graffiti, DeLong and her family decided to make a statement, and they did so in the most awesome way.

According to evolequalsDeLong and her husband were awakened in the middle of the night by 17-year-old Miranda. She had just returned home from work to find that someone had spray painted “I’m Gay” on the garage door.

DeLong says that if someone thought they were informing she and her husband about their daughter’s sexuality, they needn’t have bothered. She tells evolequals that they had known that both Miranda, and 14-year-old Emily, were bi-sexual for some time:

We found out Miranda was bi when I read her diary when she was in the 8th grade. She was having some issues at school, and wasn’t talking. I confronted her and asked and then told her that she could love whoever she wanted, as long as she’s happy. Emily came out to us just this year. Her best friend is gay, and had ‘I’m gay’ written on her hand. Emily wrote, ‘so am I’ on her own. I didn’t react much and she thought I didn’t realize what it said until she asked for another girl to spend the night. I asked if they were dating, and she ran out of the room. She thought her sister had ‘told’ on her. I went up to her room and said we already knew from the writing on her hand. She asked why we didn’t react, and I said because I wouldn’t have overreacted if she said she was straight, why overreact for saying she was gay, to which she replied, ‘I like boys, too.’ And I told her the same thing we told her sister: Please love who you want and be happy.

Of course, that’s a great response, and one that more gay, bisexual, and transgender teens (and adults) should hear from their parents when they come out. But the way the family decided to handle the graffiti situation was the best thing of all.

They could have just cleaned off the graffiti, and gone on with their lives. But the DeLong family decided to turn the vandalism into a statement of support for their daughters. They painted over the graffiti, and turned the garage door into a rainbow.

DeLong posted before and after photos of the garage on the “Stop Homophobia” Facebook page.

DeLong Garage

In a comment accompanying the photo, DeLong wrote:

Someone decided to vandalize our house last week, in an attempt to shame/harass our two bisexual daughters.
We decided that some announcements deserve more than gray spray paint.

Response to DeLong’s post has been overwhelmingly supportive, with over 5,000 Facebook “likes.” DeLong thanked the family’s supporters with this post:

DeLong post

Love wins over hate, again.

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