All Baltimore resident Julie Baker wanted to do was make her garden colorful. But by decorating with rainbow-colored mason jars, she instead brought out the worst in an anti-gay, bigoted neighbor.
The mother of four and widow received a hate-filled note rolled and stuck under her front door. The letter apparently came from a neighbor asking Baker to "tone down" her "relentlessly gay" garden.
The note read:
"Dear Resident of ________,
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.
A Concerned Home Owner."
Even though Harris identifies as bisexual, she says the lights weren't meant to make any statement.
"The point of the rainbows isn't about being gay," she told City Paper via Facebook chat. "It's because we love rainbows. I have a rainbow tattoo on my arm. We're going to decorate the white siding of our house with them."
Instead of fighting back with hate, Harris decided on a more creative plan. She created a GoFundMe fundraising page to raise money so her home can become even more colorful.
"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!" she wrote.
Others have come to the mother's aid, setting up a "Relentless Gay" Facebook page in her honor. So far they have more than 400 fans.
Baker just wants her neighbor to know she isn't going to put up with the bigotry.
"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!!!" she wrote. "Thanks for your relentlessly gay support!