Kristina House was at work when she said she first heard about Troy Mayor Janice Daniels' , which slammed gay marriage and contained the word "queer."
"My friend called me," said House, 24, who graduated from in 2005. "He lives in California, and he said, ‘I just saw this on the news in California.’”
House said her immediate reaction to Daniels' post was to get angry.
"It struck true, and it struck hard," House said. "I have family members who are gay and friends who are gay."
Then, last Tuesday – a day after hearing about Daniels' anti-gay Facebook post – she decided to do something.
House said she had just seen the emotional video posted by Jonah Mowry, a bullied gay teen, which had gone viral the same day as the mayor's controversy. She decided to emulate the video in an attempt to reach out to Daniels.
The next day, she posted her new video – What I Wish For You: A Plea to Mayor Janice Daniels – on YouTube.
"I think what they’re forgetting to say is everyone has the right to free speech, but we don’t have the right to abuse it," House said. "She can say whatever she wants, but she holds public office."
Throughout her black-and-white video, which had been viewed more than 400 times by Sunday night, House chooses not to speak and instead holds up cards to convey her thoughts. She said she stayed silent in solidarity of the LGBT community, which she said "is often silenced."
"Let me start by saying that I am a resident of Troy, Michigan," reads one of the first cards.
House goes on to say in the video, one card at a time, that the young people of Troy "now have the possibility to choose to use the word queer because the mayor said it."
"You took an oath to better your community," reads one of the last cards. "Not just the straight community of Troy."
House said she does not want to put down the mayor, but instead hopes to draw Daniels' attention to Troy's diversity and the importance of being tolerant.
"I don’t want her to see it as an attack, which so many people have done," she said. "There’s nothing she can take back now, but she can make a difference and not ignore the fact that bullying is a problem, especially in a district like Troy, where we’re such a diverse melting pot."
House added, "This is a problem here as it is everywhere, and she can’t ignore it.”
Daniels, who has given very few interviews since the post went viral on Dec. 2, last Monday, saying: "While I do believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman, it was inappropriate to use that language describing a group of people."