Neighbours are flying rainbow flags throughout their street in Trafford in support of a resident who was targeted with homophobic abuse.
But just hours later, two me started shouting vile homophobic insults as he stood outside his home loading up his car.
Alex, 31, says one of the young men threatened to kill him when he challenged their behaviour during the incident – which happened on Wellington Crescent at around 7.20pm on Monday.
“They were shouting all this really vile abuse,” Alex told the M.E.N.
“I said they should educate themselves and that they should leave this neighbourhood.
“Then one of them started walking towards me. He said he was going to batter me and kill me.
“His friend told him to leave it and eventually they walked off towards the corner shop.
Understandably shaken by the attack, Alex took to Facebook to share details of his experience and was inundated with messages of support.
Since then neighbours on his street have hung more than 30 rainbow flags from their homes in a display of solidarity.
Alex says he has been overwhelmed by the support.
“Everyone has just been really supportive from the start,” he says.
“It started with one of my neighbours, Liz, who responded to the original email letting them know what had happened.
“She was acting in solidarity and was putting up a flag anyway and said she would put in an order for some more flags and it just spiralled from there.
“The community is just very accepting, open and diverse and they wanted to put two fingers up to the haters.”
Alex says the support shows LGBT+ people that they are not alone.
“Everyone should know they are not alone,” he said. “Even if they are living in an area where they might not feel as accepted, they should know that there are people out there like them and people who support their rights to be who they want to be.
“Often it is the LGBT+ community that speak out when something like this happens, but in this case it has been the whole community. It’s been totally led by my neighbours and that’s really touched me.
“Culturally we have come a long way. There is often still a stigma and as long as people don’t speak out that’s what keeps prejudice for future generations.”
Alex will be celebrating Pride with his partner this weekend.
He says: “I hope the message from this is that Pride and the rainbow flag are not exclusive, they are inclusive and for everyone.
“I will be celebrating this weekend and this has reminded me of how far things have come and how lucky we are. I can’t imagine this happening 20 years ago.
“Despite that, we can’t take it for granted, particularly in the divisive political climate we have today.
“The visibility of the rainbow flag is really important. There might be someone out there who is not able to be their true selves and I think by seeing the flag out there it may give them that courage.”