A father decorated his garden with Pride flags to show solidarity with his 73-year-old neighbor who had come out as gay.
To support the elderly man the middle-aged dad, who is wearing a blue pullover and jeans, can be seen strolling across his immaculate lawn and planting a rainbow flag into his hedge.
He can then be seen adding more flags all around the garden, before smiling into the camera.
The clip, which was filmed in the United Kingdom, is overlaid with text that reads: "My dad’s neighbor just came out as gay at 73!
“His family aren’t supportive. So dad did this to show him he is not alone.”
The footage was posted to TikTok by Fitxander, a gay personal trainer, who rose to fame on the video-sharing app alongside his lesbian sister Claire.
It was first shared on December 16, 2020, along with the caption: “Thank you to all awesome LGBTQ+ allies, we need you! #lgbtq #gay #lgbtqplus #lgbtqia.”
Since then it has garnered over 38.6 million views and 71 million likes.
However, it reposted on May 3, where it received a further 527,500 views, along with the caption: "Remember when Dad did this?
The father continued his kind endeavor during the pandemic when the neighbor was most likely shielding due to his age.
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On January 12, Fitxander then posted another video of his dad parading the flag in his garden before putting it in his hedge, along with the caption: “Dad has done this everyday since his neighbor came out as gay.”
Newsweek has contacted Fitxander for comment.
June is pride month, and it seems that other fathers across the globe are just as keen to fly the flag for the LGBTQ+ community.
One dad has gone viral on TikTok for deciding to hang a Pride flag on the outside of his home in a very conservative community.
In the sweet footage, John Wyatt can be seen telling the camera: “We are fixin’ to shock Oklahoma.”
The clip then cuts to his 16-year-old son Caden fastening an LGBTQ+ ally flag to their house in Oklahoma.
Wyatt told Buzzfeed that although he had grown up conservative, his stance changed when he and his wife suspected their son might be gay.
He said: "That’s when we really started embracing [the community], because we knew our son was gay, and at any time he could come out.
He then continued: “We’re letting people know it’s a safe place. I’m not trying to cause any controversy in the neighborhood, but maybe there’s some person out there who will see that flag and smile and feel safe.”
A stock image of a Pride flag waving with blue skies behind. On TikTok one dad covered his garden in Pride flags to support his elderly neighbor. Getty Images
On 6/14/21 at 12:36 PM EDT*
Published:Jun 14, 2021 at 9:36 AM