Baltimore resident Julie Baker probably never imagined that a multicolored lawn decoration she crafted would land her in the middle of a controversy with bigoted anti-gay neighbors, but that’s what happened. The collection of rainbow colored mason jars she set up in her front garden resulted in an anonymous letter being delivered to her home:
Dear Resident of XXXX Kenwood Avenue,
Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay! Myself and Others in the neighborhood as that you Tone It Down. This is a Christian area and there are Children. Kepp 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.
This letter has everything… unnecessary capitalization, a cry of “think of the children,” vague references to “your kind,” and a frivolous threat of police involvement. It’s the kind of note that can only lead to one thing… escalation. And escalate it has. Julie posted the note online and started a GoFundMe account to make her front yard even more “relentlessly gay”:
Needless to say… I need more rainbows… Many, many more rainbows….
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!!!
The GoFundMe has already raised more than $30,000 in two days, so it’s safe to say things are about to get even more relentlessly gay in Baltimore than they were before this douchey letter was delivered.
(via Baltimore Sun)