Julie Baker of Overlea created a GoFundMe campaign after saying she received a note from a neighbor who complained about the rainbow colored items in her yard. She ultimately returned the $43,000 she raised amid questions about the letter’s authenticity, citing "taxes and an overabundance of resources."
Baker started the fundraiser after she said she found a note at the door of her Kenwood Avenue home where she had decorated her yard with a rainbow-colored lawn ornament.
"Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay!" the note said. "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."
She posted a picture of the note on Facebook and created the GoFundMe page to raise $50 to paint rainbows on her house, she said. But the note exploded online, garnering support from all over, and the donations came flooding in. Some skeptics criticized her, believing the note was fake.
The GoFundMe page was briefly taken down, which Baker said previously was while site administrators were reaching out to her to verify the campaign's legitimacy.
Baker suspended the campaign in June, saying she has received much more than she anticipated when she first created the page.
In a 2015 interview with The Baltimore Sun she said she is pro-gay rights but that the yard decoration was merely because of her love of rainbows — which are often used as gay-rights symbols.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.