Tulsa city officials are apologizing today for homophobic insults directed at a local homeowner.
The words came from a man who was working for the city’s water department as a contractor. The man has been fired.
His insults were caught on the homeowner, Bobby Elder’s, security camera.
“I’ve lived in Broken Arrow, Tulsa almost my whole life. I recently moved to this house about three years ago,” Elder said, “Never had a problem.”
For Bobby Elder, that all changed last Friday when a man working on the water main outside his home came to the door.
“I’m used to them working out there and always been very friendly in passing,” Elder said, “So I was really shocked by what I heard on Friday.”
Elder’s partner answered the door and was told the water would be shut off to fix the main, but it’s what he heard after the door was closed that made him take a look at their surveillance footage.
“Unfortunately, it was what we heard, and also much more,” Elder said.
It’s all caught on Elder’s security cameras.
As the man walks up to Elder’s home he said, “Bunch of dope smokin’ queers.”
The offensive comments continue.
“Get all your group showers done by then,” the man said, “I’m a queer.”
“I thought it was very fortunate to be able to capture this on camera to show what so many people in the LGBTQ community go through,” Elder said.
Elder, who stresses that he’s never had any problems here, was stunned.
“That’s what I think hurt so bad,” Elder said, “Was how playful he was when saying it, how it was just a joke.”
City Hall wasn’t laughing either. Today, they said the worker was a contractor, not one of theirs, releasing this statement:
This person was not