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A Photo of a Grandmother Ironing a Pride Flag Went Viral

Teen Vogue logo Teen Vogue 6/13/2018 Elly Belle
a close up of a curtain © Getty Images Being a part of the LGBTQ community and identifying as queer can mean facing a lack of acceptance in society, whether it’s family members, peers, or strangers. But when someone goes out of their way to do something small and meaningful to show that you’re loved and your identity is valid, it makes it all the more precious. Now, there's a viral post going around that happens to show a grandmother doing just that.

Lexie Nobrega, a college senior who lives in Virginia, traveled to D.C. to attend the city's annual Pride Parade. While she was there, she was staying with her grandparents and getting some quality family time. The real touching moment came when her grandmother noticed her bisexual Pride flag was wrinkled as Lexie was getting ready for the parade. That’s when her grandma offered to iron it so she could take a nice and neat flag to the parade. When her grandma Hermina noticed, she immediately said, “Oh, this needs to be pressed out!" and rushed to get her ironing tools, Lexie wrote in a tweet. She also ironed the outfit that Lexie was planning to wear to the parade. So loving!

“I got up this morning to get ready for #DCPride," Lexie posted on Twitter. "My grandma walked into my room, looked at my bi flag, and said, 'Oh, this needs to be pressed out!' Such a simple gesture, but it holds so much love and meaning for me."

According to Upworthy, Lexie came out to her grandparents as bisexual during her senior year of high school, and said that even though they’ve always been totally supportive of her, being open about her identity has still been hard. When she did come out to them, she says, “They gave me a big hug and said, 'That's OK, we love you."

The original tweet got so much support, and many people responded with small, kind gestures that others have done to validate and support them.

Lexie’s grandma’s actions are just a great reminder that love and acceptance exists in the world, and that the small things really do matter.

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