I started working on these “Love Not War” banners just a few days after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. I began with the Ukrainian flag colors, but soon recognized that there were other countries at war right now, with innocent people dying and refugees fleeing. Specifically, in Syria and Afghanistan. So I researched the colors of those flags, and added another banner.
Then anti-LGBTQ legislation at home, here in the US, took a turn for the worse with the “Don’t say gay” bill being passed in Florida, amongst almost 250 other anti-gay and transgender bills that have been filed this year so far. The war against anyone not straight, white, and Christian will certainly lead to families leaving their homes to travel to safe places. But even more concerning will be the increased risk of suicide for LGBTQ teens who already are at an increased risk. And