Time to move on, at least for now, from the slow, painful demise of SiriusXM’s withOutQ channel. Turning now to news (not today’s, but still something of interest) that a non-gay artist homeowner in Baltimore received hate mail saying her yard decorations are “relentlessly gay.” The homeowner uses rainbows in her artwork- hardly groundbreaking in itself. And while yes many of us gay folk love to use the rainbow we certainly have no trademark registration.
Julie Baker decided to take the letter as a challenge; to make her yard as fabulous as possible. She started a crowd-funding project to assist. On the campaign page she declared “I need more rainbows. Many, many more rainbows … If we go high enough, I will see if I can get a Rainbow Roof” – not just because it would match the yard, but also because “my invisible relentlessly gay rainbow dragon should live up there in style!”
She went on to note, “Put simply, I am a widow and the mother of four children, my youngest in high school and I WILL NOT relent to hatred. Instead, I will battle it with whimsy and beauty and laughter and love, wrapped around my home, yard and family!” (source: Huffington Post).
Whimsy, beauty, laughter and love-
The antithesis of hatred, bigotry and fundamentalism
I honour the spirit of the campaign, regardless of questions to the authenticity of the initial letter. With my consolidation of Authorized Production Partners moving forward, these images are no longer available at CafePress. This post will be updated in the future.