“Relentlessly Gay” Baltimore Woman Fights Back

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An Overlea woman discovered a surprising–and shockingly unneighborly–note yesterday. It accused her of making her yard “relentlessly gay” (she has a string of rainbow lights) and asked her to remember that “This is a Christian area and there are Children [sic].” If she kept up the relentless gayness, the note warned, the neighbor might be forced to call the police.

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The note raised a number of questions. Do children become gay by looking at a string of rainbow lights–and if so, do we have to cancel Christmas now? Does Maryland have a law against colorful decorations? Did the note writer know that “relentlessly gay” is the perfect kind of inane phrasing that the internet loves to transform into a meme?

In any case, the Overlea woman is fighting back by starting a GoFundMe page to make her home even more relentlessly gay. So far, more than 1,000 people from across the country have donated more than $15,000.



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  1. Sad. We’re slightly wronged by a neighbor, help me raise funds. Meanwhile, 6 young people lost their lives this week. What about funding the folks who lost homes, and family members, in texas? Plenty of need to go around, but let’s send our money so that this woman can further antagonize her neighbors.

    • You know, it does not make you deep or better to point out that there are other issues out there. If someone wants to donate to this woman (who, by the way, wasn’t antagonizing anyone by hanging her jars…this anonymous coward chose to I ferret this as an “agenda”), more power to them. You can donate to whomever you want.

    • I would have to agree, Kevin. I’m not sure that inflaming the situation makes the neighbor look like a much better person than the one writing the note. A note like that wasn’t nice to receive, but the neighbor won’t open a closed mind with a negative response. Donate that money to the LGBT community, perhaps.

  2. Who’d have thought that a great way to combat small-minded people was with colorful lights! The person who left that note has no idea what s/he is going to spawn in a relentlessly colorful backlash…

  3. While I absolutely oppose the ridiculous letter that was written, I also do not believe in adding fuel to a fire which deserves no further attention. I agree with the comment that advocated raising funds to truly help others not antagonize. I am very sorry that 4009 Kenwood Ave is being treated so poorly but I also encourage her to really think about a meaningful next step.

  4. The rainbow lights are beautiful (and I’m straight). Obviously, the coward who sent this nasty, anonymous letter needs a refresher course in grammar and in Biblical teachings. Somehow, I always suspect writers like this ‘neighbor’ are actually gay.

    Question: “What is the greatest commandment?”

    Answer: Jesus was asked this very question by a Pharisee who was considered to be “an expert in the law” (Matthew 22:34–36). Jesus answered by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37–40).

    The next lawn decoration might be a large sign indicating how much money their GoFundMe site raised toward a church-based civil rights program.

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