Call It Out: Houston Student Targeted for HIV Status
March 25, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
A student body presidential candidate at the University of Houston-Downtown was targeted for his sexual orientation and HIV status.
A flier circulated around campus, which on one side featured a picture of Kristopher Sharp with an X over it and the caption, “Want AIDS? Don’t Support the Isaac and Kris Homosexual Agenda.” On the other side of the flier was a copy of Sharp’s medical document from a recent doctor appointment, including his home address, phone number and HIV Status.
Sharp said he recently noticed the medical forms he keeps in a folder in his student senator desk were missing.
The University of Houston-Downtown administrators launched an investigation into the incident and have publically announced their support.
HIV and AIDS continue to be a critical issue for the LGBT community. HRC works hard to raise awareness, fight stigma and to empower individuals to work tostop HIV and AIDS, along with creating safe schools in which students can attend without fear of harassment or bullying.
To learn more about HRC's work to call out instances of homophobia and transphobia, visit www.hrc.org/CallItOut.
July 30, 2014