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Gone viral: Baltimore resident wants to make 'relentlessly gay' yard more relentless, gayer

Baltimore woman says she was asked to tone down "relentlessly gay" yard; sets up GoFundMe revenge page.

A Baltimore resident has started a GoFundMe campaign so she can make her "relentlessly gay" yard even more relentless and more gay.

The campaign is in response to a note that Julie Baker said, via a Facebook post, was left by a neighbor.

Phone calls and messages sent through Facebook and GoFundMe asking Baker for comment have not been returned.

The note, according to the Facebook photo, read: "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."

The note, which Baker said she discovered inside her door, was signed, "A Concerned Home Owner."

On her fundraising page, Baker said the note was in response to a set of rainbow solar lights she had recently hung in her yard. She said the lights spelled out the words "Love" and "Ohana," which is a Hawaiian expression for family unity.  The rainbow, and rainbow colors, are a symbol of gay pride.

The story has been picked up my a large number of national outlets, including prominent LGBT blog Joe. My. God.

"Needless to say...  I need more rainbows... Many, many more rainbows….," Baker wrote on her fundraising page. "...I am starting this fundraiser so I can work to make my Home even More relentlessly gay." 

"Put simply," Baker wrote. "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!!!"

As of about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Baker had more than doubled her $5,000 fundraising goal to make her home relentlessly gayer. (No word yet on decor plans beyond a potentially rainbow roof: "Because my invisible relentlessly gay rainbow dragon should live up there in style!" she wrote.).

Update: As of Thursday evening, the amount raised by the GoFundMe campaign was more than $26,000.

 

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