Openly gay mayor in Oklahoma resigns shortly after taking office, citing harassments and threats

Openly gay mayor in Oklahoma resigns shortly after taking office, citing harassments and threats

July 20, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

Graham shared his resignation statement via Twitter on Monday, writing in part that it’s been his “privilege” to “break boundaries” but that he no longer feels “safe” serving in this capacity. He went on to say in the last month alone, he’s been “followed home from meetings” and “threatened” while walking his dog. He said he’s been “harassed” at Starbucks. He even alleged his tires have been slashed.

“Unfortunately, these malicious, bad-faith attacks are escalating,” Graham wrote. “And I no longer feel safe to serve in my capacity as mayor. It’s with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation effective immediately.”

You can check out his statement below.

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In his statement, Graham alleges some of the harassment stems from interactions with Nichols Hills Police in late May 2022. Graham says he “stood up” to police who were targeting folks who live in The Village and that he will never “apologize” for standing up for his constituents.

“I will never understand why some officials are more concerned with representing the interests of Nichols Hills than the interests of their constituents,” he added. 

According to LGBTQ Nation, Nichols Hills officer Brandon Edwards has claimed Graham arrived on the scene soon after officers stopped a speeding car inside the city limits of The Village; Edwards says Graham “yelled” at them about how they weren’t allowed to stop people in The Village city limits. In a report, Edwards argued Graham’s presence riled the already uncooperative driver up more. 



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