Lexi Magnusson and her husband recently left the Mormon church, in particular following the church's stand against LGBTQ people.
Magnusson, via Reddit, recounts that after the very homophobic and transphobic remarks of one of her neighbors, she wished to show her solidarity towards the LGBTQ community.
"She [the neighbor] bounced back and when my husband told her we were not going [the church], she did not get the message.
"Anyway, thinking that we were allies, she told us how she was horrified when her son was turned down for the ball because the girl already intended to go with her girlfriend.
"That, coupled with the school’s justification for letting lesbians attend the prom together and doing an assembly that taught kids the facts about being transgender were just too much for her.
"She said that she had to move away because she was so sick of the gays and transgenders and everyone making their 'lifestyle' okay."
So, tired of all this bigotry, the couple decided to clearly show its support to the LGBT community with rainbow Christmas garlands.
"Our new neighbours are bigots. Since regular aggression leads to assault charges, I went with passive aggression. 10,000 lights later.
"I wanted to say more to her. I wanted to write her a letter telling her how sad I was that she would feel this way about other humans, especially children. But it wouldn’t have mattered," Lexi Magnusson added.
"It wasn’t just a passive aggressive middle finger at my neighbour, I wanted it something more to show my solidarity and belief than just the Human Rights Campaign stickers on our cars,
"I’ve worked in the background to support LGBT causes and have been very vocal on Facebook – but in real life it’s still really hard for me. It’s probably the wimpy way to go, but it’s not nothing."
Lexi Magnusson also indicated her wish to do more to combat homophobia.
Photos by Lexi Magnusson