Editor’s note: This story has been updated here. The GoFundMe campaign created by Baker is under review, according to the company, and the letter sent to Baker’s home is the subject of a police investigation.
TORONTO – A Baltimore woman is hoping to make her front yard more fabulous after she received a homophobic letter from a neighbour complaining the property is “relentlessly gay.”
Julie Baker claims she received the note, posted on Facebook by her friend, asking her to “tone down” her yard.
“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 was signed by “A Concerned Home Owner.”
So, what exactly is making the property “relentlessly gay?”
Baker claims a set of homemade jar solar lights, which spell out the words “love” and “ohana” (Hawaiian for family) in the colours of the rainbow, prompted the angry letter.
Baker, a widow and a mother of four, said she plans on responding to the letter by making her property “even more relentlessly gay.”
Barker set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise some money to help deck out her home.
“Needless to say… I need more rainbows… Many, many more rainbows…,” Baker wrote on the campaign site.
“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!!!”
Baker’s campaign goal was $5,000. As of Thursday morning the campaign has raised over $14,000.
“Thanks for your relentlessly gay support!”