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Post about 'relentlessly gay' Baltimore-area yard is relentlessly viral

A note that Julie Baker of Baltimore said was left in her door in response to her rainbow-colored decorations. It may have been a hoax, but the photo is making the rounds on social media again.
A note that Julie Baker of Baltimore said was left in her door in response to her rainbow-colored decorations. It may have been a hoax, but the photo is making the rounds on social media again. (Photo via Reddit user jill853)

A 2015 photo taken by a Baltimore County woman who claimed that her neighbor complained her yard was "becoming Relentlessly Gay” is making the rounds on social media again.

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."

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The photo was shared on Reddit again this week, as well as on the Facebook account Cheerful Nihilism, which traffics in viral fare.

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.

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An Overlea woman said she will return the $43,000 in donations she received through an online fundraising after claiming a neighbor complained her yard was "becoming Relentlessly Gay."

"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.

An Overlea woman who received more than $43,000 in donations after claiming a neighbor complained her yard was "becoming Relentlessly Gay" has ended her online fundraising campaign.

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.

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