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By Christopher Cann
Published July 7, 2021
Josh Carpenter moved to Killearn Estates with husband Brendon Guilliams in
He loved the charming neighborhood, filled with kind neighbors and wonderful
Ahead of Pride month, Carpenter hung up a Progressive Rainbow Pride Flag, which
replaced the classic rainbow design last year, notably adding a black and brown
stripe as well as the transgender stripes.
Within a week, the couple was approached by a representative of the Killearn
Homes Association, who asked them to take the flag down.
"It was chilling to say the least," Carpenter said. "I felt unwelcome."
Brendon Guilliams, left, and Josh Carpenter, right, in Tennessee. The married
couple were asked to take their Pride flag down by Killearn Homes Association.
The couple complied with the request, leading a neighbor, 78-year-old Patricia
Curtis, who noticed the missing flag, to inquire. When Curtis heard what
happened, she decided to fly her own Pride flag "in solidarity." She soon
recruited four neighbors to do the same.
"No rainbows for Killearn Estates, despite the rain," wrote Curtis on Facebook.
"We didn't expect in 1,000 years for any neighbors to get involved and challenge
the homeowners association on this," Carpenter said. "It's been wonderful to see
that we do have support and do have friends."
In a statement to the Tallahassee Democrat, a spokesperson from the homeowners
association said "this topic" will be discussed in a July board meeting.
"We respect the views of all our homeowners and renters and are welcoming of all
in our community," the statement read. "We want Killearn Estates residents to
feel comfortable presenting issues such as this before the Board and Killearn
Homes Association staff."
A longtime Killearn Estates resident installs a Pride flag in protest of the
HOA's decision to request its removal on a neighbors property.
The homeowners association allegedly cited a sign ordinance in its declaration
of covenants, which every homeowner and renter in the neighborhood agrees to
The covenant in question does not permit any "signs" unless they are advertising
a property for sale or rent. The word "flag" is not written in the more than
Janelle Edwards, who lives directly across the street from the couple, said she
felt "relieved" when they installed their Progressive Rainbow Pride Flag.
"I have never seen that flag in this neighborhood," she said. "I really enjoyed
seeing it every morning."
Soon after the couple took the flag down, 38-year-old Edwards joined Curtis, and
put up the same flag in her window.
Killearn Estates resident hangs Pride flag in her window in protest of the HOA's
decision to request that her neighbors remove their Pride flag.
"It just made me feel safe as a young Black person," Edwards said. "So I wanted
to just support."
Neither Edwards nor Curtis have been approached by the homeowners association
about their flags, which have been in plain sight for over two weeks.
The association encourages residents to attend the July 13 board meeting, said a
spokesperson for Killearn Homes Association.
"This is not something I would have ever expected to happen in our little
neighborhood," said Curtis, who has been living in her Tree Harbour Way home for
22 years. "For those of us who put up the flags, this is a human rights issue —
not a political one."