Utah Woman 'Teary Eyed With Hope' After Thief Returns LGBTQ+ Flag With Apology

A woman from Utah has said she was made "teary eyed with hope" after her rainbow LGBTQ+ Pride flag was returned weeks after it was stolen, along with a handwritten apology.

Julie Cordell-Seamons, an actress from Lehi, had several flags stolen last Halloween, including the pride flag. But on Saturday, she found the flag on her porch with a handwritten note apologizing for taking it.

"I'm sorry for taking your flag last fall It did not sit right with me so I'm making it up to you guys for my actions have a good 2021 [sic]," the note read.

The author of the note did not reveal their identity.

In a Facebook post describing the return of the flag, Cordell-Seamons wrote on Saturday: "I found this card and brand new rainbow flag on my porch. I was shocked to read who it was from. Now I'm all teary eyed with hope. Thank you for my card and flag. Thank you for your apology. I accepted it completely and wish nothing but the best for you. #hopewillneverdie #humanityforthewin #ohmyheart."

Newsweek has contacted Cordell-Seamons for comment.

"I'm assuming it was a trick-or-treater. It looked like a kid from what I could tell," she told FOX 13 on Monday.

"But I was so impressed — to have an adult do that, let alone a kid, you know, admit they were wrong and try to make up for it... I seriously started tearing up. In this day and age, we don't see that a lot, so it meant a lot to me. It warmed my heart."

On January 20, his first day in office, President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community.

Rights campaigners have welcomed the order titled "Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation", which aims to protect gay and transgender people against discrimination places such as schools, health care environments and at work. It requires federal agencies to ensure that laws forbidding discrimination apply to sexual orientation and gender identity and not just biological identity, race and religion, among other things.

However, critics say the move — a drastic shift in policy from the Trump administration — would force schools to include transgender athletes in girls' sports and unintentionally put cisgender athletes at a disadvantage.

The hashtag #BidenErasedWomen trended on Twitter shortly after the Democratic president's signed the order, with opponents alleging the new order strips away rights of cisgender women.

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A rainbow corner flag supporting LGBT+ equality. A woman from Utah was touched after her rainbow LGBTQ+ Pride flag was returned weeks after it was stolen, along with a handwritten apology. Joe Prior/Getty/Visionhaus