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Springfield Morning Radio Host Claims She Was Fired for Being Gay

A radio host in Springfield, Missouri says her recent firing from her morning show was not from budget cuts - as her employer claims - but rather because she is openly gay and had recently spoken up about advocating for LGBT rights. 

Springfiled News-Leader reports:

Jennifer stevens"It's humiliating, and I am absolutely 100 percent convinced this has to do with my sexuality and my advocacy on behalf of my community," said Jennifer Scott Stevens, who went by Jennifer Scott at 105.1 Bob FM.

Jason McCuthin, general manager of Springfield-based Mid-West Family Broadcasting Group — which owns four local radio stations — says the termination of Stevens' employment was entirely "a budgetary decision." [...]

"As someone who attended her marriage reception, it's a little disheartening that she would assume this station didn't support her wholeheartedly," he said.

"We have other people on staff who have the same lifestyle, and they get the same support she did," McCuthin added.

The Advocate adds:

Stevens, who is married to another woman, said her coworkers and supervisors knew she was gay, but it was never an issue at work, since she didn't discuss her sexual orientation on-air or at official events. 

But in June, Stevens was profiled in the News-Leader as part of a weekly series on businesspeople in Southwest Missouri, and she discussed her orientation and her passion for advocacy surrounding LGBT issues. Ironically, Stevens actually pointed to the elevated rate of workplace discrimination faced by LGBT people in her closing remarks in that piece. 

Missouri remains one of the 29 states without employment non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation.

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  1. The fact that her boss referred to being gay as a "lifestyle" makes me think she isn't 100% pro LGBT.

    They probably did have to make cuts and the fact that she was gay didn't help Stevens when the station was picking who to layoff...

    Posted by: Will | Aug 25, 2014 9:49:44 AM

  2. As soon as I read, "We have other people on staff who have the same lifestyle, and they get the same support she did", you know he is not on the up & up. It is very suspect on that verbiage alone.

    Posted by: Critifur | Aug 25, 2014 9:59:17 AM

  3. Lifestyle?

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 25, 2014 10:04:44 AM

  4. The previous commenters hit the nail on the head.

    Posted by: W. Lotus | Aug 25, 2014 10:19:51 AM

  5. "who have the same lifestyle"....Hmmmmm.

    Posted by: BETTY | Aug 25, 2014 10:40:02 AM

  6. It's not a "lifestyle". It's Life.

    Posted by: Chadd | Aug 25, 2014 11:59:39 AM

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