A Seattle Woman Made Her Feelings About A Neighbor's Homophobia Abundantly Clear With Rainbow-Colored Christmas Lights

"Since regular aggression leads to assault charges, I went with passive aggression."

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, the song goes — but it's wonderful in particular because of the kindness that the holiday spirit inspires. Hate crimes know no holiday cheer, and as Dec. 25 approaches, more and more of them are being reported following a tense and rhetoric-heavy election.

This year, Lexi Magnusson, 34, witnessed firsthand the homophobia running amok in the United States. After meeting a new neighbor who was, like her, a Mormon, Magnusson quickly found out why the woman moved into the neighborhood just outside Seattle, Washington.

According to The Huffington Post, the woman moved to a new city to "protect her children" from the culture of LGBT tolerance. Her son's school reportedly allowed lesbians to attend prom as couples, and school officials encouraged trans acceptance. Magnusson added, "She said that she wanted to get her children away from that sort of influence and people making that 'lifestyle' OK."

Noting that she and her husband had left the Mormon church because of its anti-LGBT stance, Magnusson told off her neighbor. "I responded only with, 'Your kids are going to be exposed to this no matter where you take them. Kids these days get it. They know not to be horrible to other kids based on how they were born.'" Then she went back inside her house and "rage-ate a bowl of nachos," she told The Huffington Post. 

But as Christmas drew closer, Magnusson decided she would express her thoughts in accordance with the festive season. She bought 10,000 Christmas lights in the colors of the Pride flag and strung them on the hedges outside her house. "Since regular aggression leads to assault charges," she wrote on Facebook, sharing a photo of her decorations, "I went with passive aggression."

"I felt good the entire time I put them up," she told the publication. "I sent a text to my cousin who loves Christmas lights like I do, and who is also gay. His approval was everything."

Magnusson first posted the photo on Reddit, where it was upvoted more than 4,000 times. Her Facebook post with the picture, too, was widely shared and lauded on social media. 

Putting together the colors of the rainbow flag as an act of solidarity with the LGBT community is nothing new, though Magnusson's idea to do it with Christmas lights is novel. Over on the other side of the country, the new neighbors of vice president-elect Mike Pence, known for his harsh opposition to LGBT rights, put up Pride flags to express their support for the LGBT community. And as minorities fear that their rights will be under siege by the incoming administration, there's no better time to show them that their allies are plentiful — and powerful. 

A Plus has reached out to Magnusson for comment. 

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