Oklahoma state’s only out gay mayor quits saying he ‘no longer feels safe’
One of Oklahoma state’s only six elected LGBTQ+ officials, Adam Graham, has resigned as mayor of The Village, just outside of Oklahoma City, citing harassment and fear for his own safety.
Graham was only elected in May and was the town’s youngest city official but in a tweet he wrote: “Unfortunately, these malicious bad-faith attacks are escalating 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.”
Adam had previously served as a city council member and then vice mayor for 2 years. As mayor, he had said he hoped to ban conversion therapy within the city limits amongst a variety of other priorities but went on: “In the last month, I’ve been followed home from meetings, threatened while walking my dog, harassed at Starbucks and have had my tires slashed.”
See the full tweet, including his resignation below;
For almost five years, I’ve proudly served The Village as Councilmember and Mayor. It’s been an honor to serve and it’s been my great privilege to break boundaries. I no longer feel safe to serve in my capacity here. It’s with a heavy-heart that I tender my resignation. pic.twitter.com/w5AheQOlYL
— Adam Graham (@adamjacobgraham) July 18, 2022
Oklahoma passed a stringent law back in March banning trans kids from playing sports and Albert Fuji, a spokesperson for the LGBTQ Victory Institute, called Graham a “fierce LGBTQ leader in Oklahoma, fighting for LGBTQ rights, racial equity and reproductive justice.”
Fuji went on: “We are devastated — and angry — that he faced harassment and threats to the point he no longer feels safe serving in public office. No public official should fear for their physical safety. The reality is that many LGBTQ elected officials and elected officials of color are facing the brunt of this increased animus.”
It’s such a huge shame that a city official like Graham has felt the need to leave his job after being hounded and harassed. In a country that PRIDEs itself on freedom, being LGBTQ+ is becoming increasingly dangerous. Rising crime against queer people is a direct result of the political rhetoric that is only getting worse.