How do you shut down a homophobic neighbour in the best possible way? You decorate your home in the brightest multicoloured lights to resemble the rainbow flag associated with the LGBT movement – that’s how.
Lexi Magnusson, from Washington, did just that. She posted the “passive aggressive” decorations on to Facebook, where the post has now garnered over 13k likes.
She wrote: “Our new neighbour told us that she moved her family here because her kids were too exposed to the “gays and transgenders” in Oregon (?- where did she think she moved to? We’re basically North Oregon). Spoke of how sick she was of seeing people “making it okay”.
“Since regular aggression leads to assault charges, I went with passive aggression. 10,000 lights later.”
Looks like the installation of 10,000 bulbs was worth it, as Lexi has received a flood of well-wishes from internet users across the globe.
Lexi explained why she decided to put up the lights: “Towards the end of summer, my new neighbour had stopped by with her children to introduce herself. She had learned that we were Mormon and excitedly wanted to know where in Utah we were from and if we had mutual friends.
“My husband told her that we don’t attend (the church) any more and tried to change the subject. We asked her why they moved here and she said that after her son was turned down for prom by a girl who was already planning on going with her girlfriend, and a student-led assembly by a transboy at the middle school that talked about being transgender and inclusiveness, it was just too much for her and she had to get her kids away from all of the exposure to LGBT individuals and a place that made the ‘gay lifestyle’ okay.”
Since the lights had gone up, Lexi said: “I don’t know what the neighbour’s reaction has been. She had completely stopped talking to me” after their first conversation. However, her other neighbours “have been really cool about it” and she added that the reaction online, for the most part, had been “hugely positive”.