A Maryland woman was asked to “stop being relentlessly gay” after decorating her yard with rainbow lights. Her response? More rainbows.
Not everyone is a fan of the rainbow jar solar lights hanging in Julie Baker’s Overlea home, which spell out the words “Love” and “Ohana," which means family in Hawaiian culture. In fact, a neighbor left an anonymous note at her front door asking her to “tone it down.”
The note read:
"Dear Resident of 4900 Kenwood Ave., Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay! Myself and Others in the neighborhood ask that you Tone It Down. This is a Christian area and there are Children. Keep it up and I will be Forced to call the Police on You! Your kind need to have respect for GOD. A Concerned Home Owner."
Baker, who self-identifies as bi-sexual, says the rainbow lights were not meant to make a statement.
"The point of the rainbows isn't about being gay," she told City Paper via Facebook chat. "It's because we love rainbows. I have a rainbow tattoo on my arm. We're going to decorate the white siding of our house with them.
"What does 'relentlessly gay' mean anyway?" she asked.
The 47-year-old mother-of-four set up a GoFundMe page to help fund her home improvement project and raised more than $14,000 in just one day.
Baker wrote in the page’s description:
“So, I am starting this fundraiser so I can work to make my Home even More “relentlessly gay” if we go high enough, I will see if I can get a Rainbow Roof!
Because my invisible relentlessly gay rainbow dragon should live up there in style!
Put simply, I am a widow and the mother of four children, my youngest in high school and I WILL NOT Relent to Hatred. Instead, I will battle it with whimsy and beauty and laughter and love, wrapped around my home, yard and family!!!
Thanks for your relentlessly gay support!
Baker said she’s lived in her Kenwood Avenue home for more than 20 years and this isn’t the first time she’s been harassed. She recalled receiving a far more threatening letter a few years ago.
"It was after one of the big eclipse events a few years back," she said. "My daughters had lit candles celebrating our lives and put out incense as offerings to the universe. The next morning we found our pot bellied stove kicked over and a note that said 'your kind are not wanted here' it also mentioned devil worshiping and ended with a reminder that houses burn for no apparent reason.
“I didn't sleep much after that note," she recounted.
Baker said she contacted police following the incident but was told there was no crime. She never figured out who posted the notes but said they started around the time she and her late husband declined an invitation to attend the Presbyterian church across the street from their home.
"My husband and I a long while ago were invited to attend the church across the street from us," Baker explained. "My husband declined and mentioned that he didn't like church and joked I was a 'heathen.' I think it got mentioned around the neighborhood.
“I have no proof that the church was involved in this, though I would not be surprised," she said.
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