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 old son, Rocco.
Campbell, an interior designer, 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.”
After a photo was posted to their local neighborhood Facebook group, people began showing up to take photos. Vasquez says one couple drove nearly 45 minutes to see their display. Vazquez told the Tribune,
“Kids are kids, and they start asking questions. 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. There are a lot of places not as diverse as Chicago where the kids really need (the Trevor Project).”
The fundraiser 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!”
You can give to The Trevor Project here.
(via Gaily Grind)