in these trying times, may i recommend attaching trans pride flags to expressway overpasses using zip ties?

protip: use packing tape to reinforce and a smol blade to create additional securement points

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The westbound flag is crooked. Shrug. I'm honestly surprised the other three were straight. It's hard to get these lined up in the breeze.

There were few traces of the previous flags left, just a couple tufts of material and some broken grommets. Also, all of the zip ties were still on the fences and uncut, so I suspect it was weather disintegration.

I went ahead and cut the old zip ties down, because I'm not an asshole. :)

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Had to go get my car from the place I left it last night, so I took the opportunity to hit the expressway and check on the flags. It's been a very windy and rainy couple of days.

Still there. Still secure. No visible damage. This is pretty impressive. :transgender_flag:

Updates:

Thursday or Friday, I went up and did an inspection and found them to be in good shape!

Last night, I did a drive-by... the westbound flag was in need of reattachment on the south edge, but looked intact. The eastbound flag was still secured. I made plans to go up and fix it tonight.

Got a report from someone that the flags were there this morning.

Tonight, I went up with repair tools, but both flags were gone! I suspect it was intentional removal, because it was a pretty calm day, and a Monday. I cut down the zip ties, and the one sliver still attached to the fence.

Given that it's a well-traveled footbridge over a busy expressway, I'm impressed they stayed that long. I'm happy with how this went.

It's now time to think about what's next.

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after the TDoR vigil tonight, i went to go get the flag. i noted it was there and lookin' good from the road, so i was pretty optimistic

so i parked, got out, and made my way up the ramp

as i rounded the last corner -- just as the flag became visible -- i saw someone actively ripping it down and crumpling it up into a ball

"hey there. that's my flag."

in summary: he doesn't think bridges were an appropriate place for political things, and he doesn't like to see them there; i countered that our lives are not political, mentioned that it is transgender day of remembrance and that was kind of a dick move, and... well, we weren't getting anywhere useful.

he handed over the flag, i advised him that the walkway was wicked slippery and to be careful, and then we parted ways. i clipped the zip ties and grabbed the last scrap of flag still attached to the fence

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An official statement of response to the gentleman's concerns is attached.

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