Best Unsolved Mystery: The Relentlessly Gay Rainbow Lady

You remember Julie Baker, the Overlea resident who raised more than $43,000 this June through a GoFundMe campaign after she claimed to have received an anonymous homophobic note from a neighbor complaining about her “relentlessly gay” yard decor—basically a bunch of multicolored jars hung on a pipe. “Needless to say . . . I need more rainbows . . . Many, many more rainbows . . .,” Baker wrote on her fundraising page. “. . . I am starting this fundraiser so I can work to make my Home even More relentlessly gay.” Even as donations poured in, skeptics lined up to voice their concerns about Baker’s story. They noted that both the alleged note and Baker’s fundraising appeal Employed the Same idiosyncratic Capitalization. Baker seemed unable to answer basic questions about the note’s provenance, and she eventually put a freeze on the funds, putting them in limbo. Baker later announced she was returning all of the raised funds, encouraging donors to re-allocate their donations to give to artists or educational nonprofits.

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