One powerful symbol that resonates with Pride is the display of colorful flags, each representing a unique aspect of the diverse LGBTQ+ spectrum.
The Pride Flag Is a Powerful Symbol
Whether it’s the trans flag, aromantic flag, gay flag, pansexual flag, or any other flag that reflects personal pride or solidarity, these banners become powerful statements of visibility and acceptance.
Pushing Back Against Negativity
However, in certain environments, expressing one’s Pride can be challenging as there are ongoing attacks on trans rights and gender-affirming care across the country.
It Started With One Flag
Within this backdrop, a flag war has emerged between two neighbors in an Oklahoma suburb, capturing the attention of social media.
Pride Flag Feud
Eli Glass, known as @mstangeli on TikTok, decided to document the ongoing battle that has unfolded on their street. It all began when Eli proudly hoisted a rainbow Pride flag on their lawn.
His Neighbor’s Flag Response
In response, their elderly neighbor erected a flag proclaiming “White, Straight, Republican, and Male,” seemingly highlighting these characteristics as sources of pride.
The neighbor also displayed a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag to add further emphasis.
Not to be outdone, Eli responded with a creative and colorful retaliation.
He Decided to Take Things Up a Notch
Their lawn soon became adorned with numerous small rainbow Pride flags, meticulously lining the property.
Flags From Companies Were Put Up Too
Eli even introduced more full-sized flags, including one featuring a rainbow Pride flag with a Bud Lite can.
Presumably alluding to recent controversies surrounding a transgender influencer’s partnership with Bud Lite, which drew criticism from conservative beer drinkers.
‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Response
Not stopping there, Eli cleverly countered the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag with a satirical one that humorously read, “No Step on Snek.”
The Video Has Been Watched Almost 5 Million Times
Eli’s initial TikTok video documenting the flag war quickly went viral, garnering over 4.7 million views, surpassing the population of their home state.
Subsequent updates from Eli showcased the escalating display of Pride flags on their lawn and the neighbor’s less-than-thrilled reaction.
He Says It’s a Friendly Rivalry
However, Eli reassured their growing fanbase that the neighbor remained nonviolent, and the two maintained a mostly friendly relationship despite the spirited rivalry.
He Says The Flags Will Come Down in July
The flag war between Eli and their neighbor has become a topic of fascination and amusement in the neighborhood, with residents cracking up at the escalating spectacle.
Eli revealed that most of the flags would eventually come down at the end of Pride Month, but the community continues to cheer them on in this playful and neighborly conflict.
Taking Pride to Another Level
Not content with flags alone, Eli took their celebration of Pride to another level.
In a separate TikTok video, he showcased a project where he repurposed anti-gay propaganda into symbols and flags that promote inclusivity and acceptance.
Through their creative and lighthearted flag war, Eli not only asserts their Pride but also spreads joy, promotes unity, and highlights the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community in the face of adversity.
Their story serves as a reminder that even in challenging times, love and self-expression can triumph, bringing communities together and inspiring hope for a more accepting world.
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