Pulse Survivor & Gay Rights Leader Denounces Homophobic Rant From Russ Rollins

A spokesman for Equality Florida, one of the states oldest and most active LGBT-rights groups, called his homophobic on-air rant “out of touch.”

By Jacob Engels

Days after a Central Florida Post report detailing a disturbing homophobic rant from 104.1FM’s Russ Rollins, host of Monsters in the Morning, Equality Florida has now reviewed the segment.

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In it, Rollins was audibly disgusted about “homo” and “gay experiences,” in modern film and television. You can read our initial report and listen to the entire clip below.

Spokesperson Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, said that LGBTQ representation is key to ensuring equality for all. Equality Florida and Wolf have spent the past few days highlighting how GOP State Representative Mike Hill laughed at the idea of executing gays, which you can read more about here.

“Equality Florida firmly believes that LGBTQ representation is key to ensuring equality for all. Mr. Rollins’ comments are out of touch with reality. Just days before the Pulse remembrance, and weeks before the country marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, having LGBTQ representation in media should be celebrated as an important step forward – not mocked.”

Rollins is no stranger to controversy, though this is the first time he has drawn ire for engaging in rabid homophobia. Over the past few years, he has been exposed as a physical abuser of his ex-wife and another former flame. We reported on that in 2017 and he remains tied in court battles with his ex-wife, who was a victim of Rollins’ wife-beating.

iHeart Media, which runs 104.1FM and a host of other radio stations in the Orlando market, has refused to comment on Rollins’ attacks on the LGBT community, ignoring emails and calls for comment for several days.

We expect to have a follow up regarding how advertisers of Monsters in the Morning on 1041.FM are reacting to the homophobic rant, where Rollins is the main host and draw.


Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.