Somerville alderwoman says she was target of homophobic slurs

Boston Globe
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May 16, 2013

The first openly gay member of the Somerville Board of Aldermen said she has been subjected to homophobic slurs since entering the public spotlight, and the mayor is admonishing anyone who may have made the comments.

Courtney O'Keefe, the recently appointed alderwoman for Ward 5, said she was stunned by recent remarks about her sexual orientation.

"I've been out for 15 years, I've never had a problem with homophobic comments," she said. "I really did not think my sexual orientation would be a target, I've never made it a big deal before."