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Fri May 4, 2018, 12:44 AM

Former GOP leader and radio host suspended for homophobic rant

A talk radio host and former Fremont County Republican Party chairman was suspended last week after he described homosexuality as “destructive,” “not a viable lifestyle” and a cultural threat to public schoolchildren in a minutes-long on-air inquisition.

John Birbari made the comments during a weekly interview with Fremont County School District #25 Superintendent Terry Snyder. Snyder appears on the show each week to discuss school board meetings, but Birbari diverged from the standard conversation last week and began questioning Snyder about paintings supporting LGBTQ students in Riverton High School. Birbari’s questioning of Snyder included a slew of homophobic sentiments.

During the interview, Birbari took a call from State Representative Tim Salazar (R-Dubois), who joined the questioning of Snyder without identifying himself.

Snyder, who repeatedly asserted that his district could not and would not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer students declined to talk at length with WyoFile about the experience. But in an email to school staff, obtained by WyoFile, he said he was “offended and caught off guard” by the turn the interview took.

Read more: https://www.wyofile.com/former-gop-leader-and-radio-host-suspended-for-homophobic-rant/

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