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Woman Responds To Anti-Gay Neighbors With Gayest Holiday Lights Ever

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Dr. Mary Pham, an Irvine, California woman, received backlash from her neighbors for flying a rainbow flag on her house in support of the LGBT community. One told her, "Not in Irvine, Mary,” while others took to calling it her "fag flag" in letters to the Home Owners Association. Pham decided to counter the hate she was receiving in the most fabulous Christmas light display possible, as seen above.

Merry Christmas to all!

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  1. The lights look awesome. I don't know Dr. Pham and I love her already, what a woman.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 26, 2013 9:01:58 AM


  2. The only problem with this story is that it's not the "gay flag". it's the Pace flag, which is all over Italy and has nothing to do with gay pride. In addition to having the word PACE emblazoned on it, the colors are also in a different order.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Dec 26, 2013 9:02:36 AM


  3. While the word PACE does mean peace in Italian. Amazon right now is selling the Gay Rainbow Sisters GAY Pride Flag Rainbow Flag. They also are marketing GAY teddy bears, GAY basketballs, GAY watch bands, GAY belt buckles, etc. all with a GAY rainbow. [sigh]

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 26, 2013 9:46:35 AM


  4. Was wondering what the "PACE" stood for. Now I know and knowing is half the battle.

    Posted by: Tien | Dec 26, 2013 9:52:30 AM


  5. How can a basketball be gay? Kudos Dr. Pham.

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 26, 2013 9:56:53 AM


  6. There are many rainbow flags. Generally, red at the top, no words on it, is a LGBT flag. Red at the bottom with white text on the flag, is a peace flag. (There are others, but rarely seen).

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 26, 2013 10:12:16 AM


  7. Really, Brian1; three decades after Gilbert Baker created the first Pride Flag, you're going to assert that it doesn't exist? There are and have been many, including the "PACE" flag, that have co-opted the Rainbow Flag for their own purposes, and that's fine.

    Un pocchino della storia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_flag_(LGBT_movement)

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Dec 26, 2013 10:29:56 AM


  8. No Kile, that's not at all my intention, sorry if the wording was confusing. When I said "it's not the gay flag" I meant the one flying over her house. There are two distinct rainbow flags, a gay pride flag, which as Randy says has red on top and no words, and a peace flag, which says Pace and red at bottom. All I'm saying is that flag she's flying is a peace flag, not a gay flag.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Dec 26, 2013 10:38:12 AM


  9. Now that's a woman who really knows how to put on a show! Go Mary!!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Dec 26, 2013 10:41:02 AM


  10. so gays don't even have our own flag anymore? The stupid rainbow is now the LBGTEIEIOXYZ flag...

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Dec 26, 2013 11:01:10 AM


  11. Dr. Pham, I hope you read this because we want you to know that you are AWESOME. x

    Posted by: danswon | Dec 26, 2013 11:19:46 AM


  12. @BRIAN1

    Whether it's the flag design traditionally used for the LGBT community or not, that's mostly irrelevant to the story. Her neighbors thought it was, and her neighbors reacted angrily because they thought she was doing something to support the LGBT community.

    Whether that was her original intention or not is also somewhat irrelevant. What she did in the face of their bigotry is truly inspiring.

    Posted by: Jeip | Dec 26, 2013 11:21:09 AM


  13. Good point Alan! Especially since basketballs are MADE and not BORN. Nevertheless here is the "GAY BASKETBALL, etc." Ta-Da . . .

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main?ie=UTF8&asin=&isAmazonFulfilled=&isCBA=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&orderID=&seller=A3F497UZ6SDHD2

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 26, 2013 12:09:24 PM


  14. You have just satisfied my daily dose of awesomeness for the day, Dr. Pham.

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 26, 2013 12:11:13 PM


  15. Dr. Pham should name and shame those who have sent hate mail.

    Posted by: bollox | Dec 26, 2013 12:36:30 PM


  16. A question? If someone sends you a signed piece of mail criticizing you or your actions, is it then yours to reveal or publish? After all, they gave it to you.

    ...or does it somehow still belong to the sender?

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Dec 26, 2013 1:15:54 PM


  17. It's her house and it's a frigging FLAG. She can have whatever flag she wants as long as it's not racist or tacky. Expecting the HOA to hate a rainbow is silly.

    Then again, Irvine is in Orange County...

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 26, 2013 1:38:25 PM


  18. Not in Irving? Who are these people? Based on the home and her profession it appears that these are most likely professional people.

    I congratulate Mary as well as others who show courage and support to our community. Her simple, yet expensive gesture is another example that we have many supporters who will not fall to bigoted rhetoric.

    Cheers to the Mary's of the world.

    Posted by: Dawson | Dec 26, 2013 1:43:35 PM


  19. Hero of the day. Go Mary!

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 26, 2013 1:54:20 PM


  20. @bollux. i somehow doubt the haters signed their name to their hate

    @james in toronto. correspondence belongs to the receiver to do with as they wish

    this woman deserves a tiara of gold stars

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 26, 2013 3:00:14 PM


  21. Dr. Mary Pham, a hetero woman, put up the flag and color holiday decorations in support of all her gay friends and associates. She is a HERO!

    Posted by: Sam | Dec 26, 2013 4:30:30 PM


  22. Absolutely beautifully cool! Well done Doc!

    Posted by: MLR | Dec 26, 2013 4:51:03 PM


  23. WOW!! What a WONDERFUL INSPIRATION!! I grew up "Behind the Orange Curtain" (Orange County - a very wealthy county south of Los Angeles & one of the MOST CONSERVATIVE counties in the U.S.) so I ESPECIALLY SALUTE you!! & if it's true you're hetro to boot - YEAH!!! We should be so lucky to have more people standing up for their beliefs - even if it does not effect them directly!!

    To those wasting energy on bitching if it's the proper flag or not - first off, I didn't even notice the Pace note or if the stripes were in the right order or not - I was focused on the BEAUTY of what she created - & that it's also stands for "Peace" - to me that's even MORE relevant - Peace for/withIN the gay community!!!! An even MORE POWERFUL message!!!

    Posted by: Vicki Skinner | Dec 26, 2013 9:49:10 PM


  24. WOW!! What a WONDERFUL INSPIRATION!! I grew up "Behind the Orange Curtain" (Orange County - a very wealthy county south of Los Angeles & one of the MOST CONSERVATIVE counties in the U.S.) so I ESPECIALLY SALUTE you!! & if it's true you're hetro to boot - YEAH!!! We should be so lucky to have more people standing up for their beliefs - even if it does not effect them directly!!

    To those wasting energy on bitching if it's the proper flag or not - first off, I didn't even notice the Pace note or if the stripes were in the right order or not - I was focused on the BEAUTY of what she created - & that it's also stands for "Peace" - to me that's even MORE relevant - Peace for/withIN the gay community!!!! An even MORE POWERFUL message!!!

    Posted by: Vicki Skinner | Dec 26, 2013 9:49:12 PM


  25. Wow, I wonder why Sarah Palin has not defended her freedom of speech? \\sarcasm

    Posted by: John Roberts | Dec 27, 2013 1:58:19 AM


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