This past June we celebrated Pride Month by raising a rainbow flag on our flagpole and re-affirming our fundamental belief that everyone is welcome here at the co-op. We received varied feedback about it from our Membership as well as people in the community, which lead to a lot of conversations regarding inclusion, diversity, and human rights.
This week our General Manager, Ed King, received a very touching letter from one Member and longtime local resident who was moved to write to us about the positive impact of our rainbow flag:
“Dear Ed King,
My name is Ronnie Sandler and I have been a Coop member since the early days. I am Member #617. I am writing to thank you for flying the rainbow flag during Pride Month in June. I also want to acknowledge the work of the new North Country Pride organization.
The first time I drove into Littleton down Cottage St., with the rainbow flag flying off the flagpole in front of the Coop, my heart was full. And then to drive down Main St with 16+ more rainbow flags in many shops and restaurants was amazing.
I have been an out proud Lesbian in the Littleton area since the 1970’s. When we first asked the women’s center, which was in the Opera House back in the mid-seventies, to have a Lesbian Support Group, they said they would be happy to host it, but we would have to call it a “women’s sexuality support group.”
I am so proud to be a part of this North Country community which is showing how welcoming we can be. I have heard from a few younger LGBTQ kids how good seeing those flags made them feel!
So, thank you for showing your pride this June.
Someone suggested that I might do an article for your upcoming member newsletter…or feel free to reprint this letter.