Overlea home owner receives homophobic note over 'relentlessly gay' rainbow lights

Julie Baker, an Overlea homeowner, woke up to this note rolled up and stuffed in the handle of her front door [sic]: "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."

The typed note, Baker believes, was in response to her string of rainbow lights hung around her yard. In response to the note, Baker set up a GoFundMe page to paint and decorate the outside of her home in rainbows. 

"What does 'relentlessly gay' mean anyway?" said the 47-year-old mother of four.

Baker self-identifies as bisexual but insisted that the rainbow lights weren't put up to make a statement.

"The point of the rainbows isn't about being gay," she said 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."

Baker has lived in her Kenwood Avenue home for more than 20 years and is used to the anonymous harassment. One note, a few years ago, was much more menacing than the rainbow note.

"It was after one of the big eclipse events a few years back," Baker said. "My daughters had lit candles celebrating our lives and put out incense as offerings to the universe. The next morning we found our pot bellied stove kicked over and a note that said 'your kind are not wanted here' it also mentioned devil worshiping and ended with a reminder that houses burn for no apparent reason. I didn't sleep much after that note." 

Baker's decision to post the new note online was at her 17-year-old daughter's urging. It soon spread around the Baltimore area.

After finding the fire note, Baker said she contacted police but was told there was no crime. She has never figured out who posted the notes, but she said they started around the time she and her husband refused to attend the Presbyterian church across the street from their home. 

"My husband and I a long while ago were invited to attend the church across the street from us," she said. "My husband declined and mentioned that he didn't like church and joked I was a 'heathen.' I think it got mentioned around the neighborhood. I have no proof that the church was involved in this, though I would not be surprised."

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