By Nigel Boys
A neighbor to Julie Baker in Baltimore, Maryland didn’t like the arrangement of colored jar solar lights the woman had set up in her yard, so she decided to post an anonymous note complaining about the “homos*xual haven” Baker had created.
The neighbor, who was appalled by the so-called “gay” display, never dreamed that her note to Baker demanding that she tone down her display would actually end up worsening the situation.
“Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay! Myself and Others in the neighborhood ask that you Tone It Down,” wrote Baker’s neighbor. “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.”
The note was signed, “A Concerned Home Owner.”
This was not the first time that Baker had been threatened by well-meaning neighbors, according to the Washington Post. She had reportedly hung two rows of tea lights near her porch in rainbow-colored jars before this latest incident.
Although Baker didn’t think of the lights as having anything to do with the LGBT community when she first put them up, she was threatened with having her house burned down if she didn’t remove them, she said.
“Anyone who’s known me for more than 10 seconds knows that I love rainbows,” added the professional artist, who claims to have made rainbows a major theme of her work.
“Somebody threatened to burn down the house before,” said the mother of four. “They’ve used words like ‘your kind,’ and ‘people like you.’”
“They call me relentlessly gay? D*mn right, I’m going to be relentless. I’m going to be relentlessly joyful, because life’s too short for anything else,” Baker told the Post. “Relentlessly compassionate. Relentlessly amazing.”
Setting a goal of $5,000 in order to put up several more rainbow-themed decorations, including painting her roof in rainbow stripes, Baker took the advice of her 17-year-old daughter by setting up a GoFundMe page, the news outlet reports. The page is titled “Relentlessly Gay.”
“I opened my door, and found a note from my neighbor. Regarding a set of rainbow jar solar lights hanging in my yard that spell out ‘Love’ and ‘Ohana,’” Baker wrote on the fundraising page, according to Fox 43. “They informed me that the neighborhood is ‘christian’ and has ‘children’ and asked me to stop being ‘relentlessly gay… Needless to say… I need more rainbows… Many, many more rainbows….”
The Washington Post reports that in just over 48 hours, Baker’s fundraising page has raised over $28,000, five times that of her goal. While she is also considering contributing part of that money to anti-bullying programs for school kids, the majority of it will be spent making her house one huge rainbow, the report continues.
“All the parts of my house are going to be rainbow-fied,” Baker said. “Have you ever met a person in your entire life that has seen a rainbow and not stopped and smiled? That’s going to be my house.”