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Mary Pham Responds To Anti-Gay Neighbors With Huge Rainbow Light Display

12/30/2013 10:41 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

After her neighbors displayed seasonal and sports-related flags on their homes last April, an Irvine, Calif., woman bravely mounted a rainbow flag in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

When she became the subject of anti-gay rhetoric and a warning from a friend -- “Not in Irvine, Mary" -- Mary Pham decided to take her LGBT support one step further this holiday season by mounting a MASSIVE installation of rainbow lights all over her whole home.

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Pham was inspired to make the incredible statement of solidarity with the LGBT community after several neighbors expressed their disapproval of the rainbow flag, including one who left a Westboro Baptist Church flyer on her front door and another who placed a piece of paper that read "GOD HATES FLAGS" on her windshield.

“Look, either you know what it is or you don’t,” Pham said in response to the flack she received for donning her rainbow flag. “Either it’s a Pride flag, or it’s just a rainbow flag. And if it’s a Pride flag, and you notice, either you like it or you hate it. And if you hate it then you’re just a jerk."

This isn't the first time that a property owner has used their home to vocalize support for the LGBT community in the wake of massive anti-gay sentiment.

Earlier this year, Plating Peace founder Aaron Jackson bought the house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, painted it rainbow colors and dubbed the building the Equality House. The property has since become a fixture in the battle for LGBT rights, having played host to events such as a same-sex wedding and a "Drag Down Bigotry" drag show.

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