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Rainbow flags flown for lesbian couple who were called ‘immoral and wrong’ in Hull

Josh Jackman February 25, 2019
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A rainbow flag flies in Hull to show lesbian couple Stephanie and Vikki Parkey that they're welcome

Residents in Hull are flying rainbow flags and bunting in support of a local lesbian couple (CBrockelbank/twitter)

A lesbian couple in Hull has received a wave of support from their community after getting an anonymous letter telling them they were “immoral and wrong” for raising a child together.

Residents in Stephanie and Vikki Parkey’s neighbourhood have hung rainbow flags, bunting and supportive messages after hearing the news of the abusive letter, which the pair received on Friday (February 22).

The computer-typed letter read: “We, the residents, are not happy with same-sex couples living in our area.

Lesbian parents Vikki Parkey and Stephanie Parkey, who live in Hull.
The lesbian couple received a hateful letter at their home in Hull (Vikki Parkey/Facebook)

“Especially not when bringing up a child. It is immoral and wrong. We suggest you move to a more appropriate area of the city.”

The couple has been living in their property on the outskirts of the East Yorkshire city for six years. Their daughter is 18 months old.

Hull residents rush to support lesbian couple

In response, people in the area made it clear that they supported the couple and same-sex partners in general.

Signs have been fixed to windows in the area with messages like: “Who you love does not define you. We are all exactly the SAME!” and “We are a GAY household!”

“We live in 2019, people should be able to bring a child up same-sex and live in a street and be happy.”

— A resident in Hull speaking about lesbian couple Stephanie and Vikki Parkey

One resident told BBC News: “I wish I could put more bunting up,” while another said: “We are absolutely disgusted.

“You could not wish for nicer neighbours.”

A different person told BBC News: “We live in 2019, people should be able to bring a child up same-sex and live in a street and be happy.”

Local rugby club Hull Kingston Rovers also invited the partners to bring the match ball out before the team’s match against Salford Red Devils on Saturday (February 23).

As Trotter and Parkey walked onto the pitch, the announcer told fans: “Everyone is welcome in the Hull Kingston Rovers family regardless of gender, sexuality and race.”

Messages from members of the Hull community to lesbian couple Vikki and Stephanie Parkey
Some of the supportive messages written by people in Hull to their lesbian neighbours (CBrockelbank/twitter)

A Humberside Police spokesperson told local news site Hull Live: “We received a report of malicious communications at an address on Chesnut Avenue, Hull today, Friday, February 22.

“It was reported that a letter containing malicious content was posted through a door overnight, causing distress to the resident of the property. We have spoken to the resident of the property, offering her advice and support.”

Related topics: Community, Hull, lesbian, parents, rainbow flags, same-sex couple, UK, Yorkshire

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