A Baltimore woman who said she received an anti-gay letter from a neighbor over the appearance of her yard has raised over $25,000 in one day so she can further her efforts in creating "relentlessly gay" outdoor decor.
But some are questioning the woman's story, saying she may have composed the letter in question to elicit sympathy from pro-LGBT readers and grab easy money.
It all started when Julie Baker, 47, said she received a rolled-up piece of paper in her front-door handle:
"Dear Resident of (address redacted) Avenue," the letter read. "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."
Baker, who told the Baltimore City Paper she identifies as bisexual, said the note likely points to the string of rainbow-colored lights in her yard.
"The point of the rainbows isn't about being gay," the mother of four told the paper in a 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."
[sharequote align="center"]"I have no proof that the church was involved in this, though I would not be surprised."[/sharequote]
Baker told the City Paper she reported the letter to police who said no crime had been committed. She added that she "would not be surprised" if a nearby Presbyterian church was involved.
"My husband and I a long while ago were invited to attend the church across the street from us," she told the City Paper. "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."
Then on Tuesday, Baker launched a GoFundMe campaign in response to the letter to raise funds "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!"
As of Thursday evening, her campaign has brought in over $25,000.
While the vast majority of reactions to Baker's story are supportive of her, others are saying the whole thing seems a bit off. More than a few have pointed to similar capitalization nuances in the letter Baker said was left in her door handle and in her GoFundMe note.
Baker didn't immediately respond Thursday to TheBlaze's request for comment on allegations she composed the anti-gay letter.
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