A woman in Baltimore recently found herself in the middle of a pretty bizarre crossfire when she reportedly received a note from some of her neighbors (or, probably just one who is bluffing), stating that her yard is too flamboyant for the innocent eyes of children.
“Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay!” the letter read. “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 horrific offense that prompted this note?
A line of rainbow-colored mason jars holding the words “LOVE” and “OHANA.”
Ohana, for those of you who haven’t seen Lilo & Stitch or are not versed in Hawaiian, means “family.”
Dire times, indeed.
Julie Baker, the woman who owns the house and yard, was flabbergasted by the note. Baker is a widow and mother of four (the youngest of whom is already in high school), and thankfully, has a thick skin. She found some humor in it (as we all should), and soon enough, her friend Maeve Brigid posted the note and a picture of the yard to Facebook.
Predictably, people are both collectively outraged and tickled by the letter.
But Baker doesn’t want to let it end there (yay). “I need more rainbows… Many, many more rainbows,” she wrote. “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!
“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 has started a GoFundMe to raise a little bit of money to add even more color to her front yard.