Gay radio host called 'a f*g' on Twitter by his own station

Seth Dunlap who presents 'The Last Lap' on WWL Radio was called the slur after opening up about his experiences as a gay man.

gay radio host Seth Dunlap, a handsome young man in a suit poses for a photo

A gay radio host who opened up about his negative experiences of homophobia received backlash from a strange source – the very radio station he was working for.

Seth Dunlap presents a sports show called The Last Lap on New Orleans’ WWL Radio station. He recently posted an open letter to Facebook calling out to American football quarterback Drew Brees for his support of the recognisably homophobic group Focus on the Family. Focus not only supports conversion therapy, stating “leaving homosexuality is a possibility”, they actually ran an anti-choice Super Bowl advert and have continually espoused anti-LGBT+ views.

Brees appeared in Focus videos promoting “Bring Your Bible To School Day”.

In his open letter, the openly gay radio host tried to explain to Breed that his partnership with the homophobic group “caused pain to so much of the LGBTQ+ community in Louisiana, and to so many of your ardent supporters and fans.” He also shared his own experiences of shame brought about by bigotry and anti-LGBT+ views.

While any LGBT+ person in the public eye is sadly almost guaranteed some kind of homophobic flack, the shocker was when it came from his own station. Dunlap had tweeted an innocuous conversation starter attached to a story – “which one of these five ‘overreactions’ isn’t actually an overreaction” from his personal Twitter account.

The Twitter account of his employer, WWL Radio, responded, “That you’re a fag”.

The message remained on social media for a short time before it was spotted and eventually deleted, but not before many took screen grabs and shared it further. The story soon spread across sports media.

The station are adamant they have not managed to find the staff member who posted from their account, with Kevin Cassidy, their senior vice president, telling staff he was “personally disgusted” and that the company was “taking all possible steps” to identify who sent it.

WWL released a Tweet stating the post was “categorically offensive and abhorrent to the station” and said they were investigating the incident.

While the culprit still remains at large, Dunlap has decided to rise above the slur. He shared, “I’m just going to really enjoy knowing somebody is exceptionally upset I get to talk sports every night for a living.”

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