Issue a public apology and implement a remedial plan to stem HIV stigma
  • Petitioning Ohio State University President Drake and Board of Trustees

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Ohio State University President Drake and Board of Trustees

Issue a public apology and implement a remedial plan to stem HIV stigma

    1. Petition by

      Rise Up To HIV

We, the undersigned, believe that the recent reports of derogatory songs and references to HIV that were included in Exhibit B of your investigation of the Ohio State University Marching Band are absolutely appalling, disgusting, slanderous and stigmatizing to the at-large HIV community.

Read this article via the Bilerico Project Investigation: Ohio State Band Mocked 'Fags With AIDS'

We must remind you that Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center is home to one of the foremost AIDS Clinical Trial Units in the United States and that Wexner receives Federal and State monies to provide care and treatment to many HIV Positive individuals in the Columbus area and throughout the State of Ohio.  After these revelations, why would HIV-Positive individuals continue to go to your institution for care?  If anything, those individuals could very well drop out of care in contravention to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

There is no doubt in our mind that your institution has allowed this toxic atmosphere to fester over a considerable period of time and we as a community cannot and will not any longer tolerate this type of stigmatizing behavior to continue from any section of your public institution.

Regardless of the employee’s and student’s personal narratives on the disposition of the current investigation, we strongly request that a public apology be given to the HIV community by the University and assurances that this extremely offensive situation will be dealt with a remedial plan which includes mandatory HIV education for both employees and students at your institution.

The Ohio State University Marching Band is one of the ambassadors for the entire institution and that includes the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; therefore, we request that the Board of Trustees act swiftly to correct this situation.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. The Today Show Interviews Fired Band Leader, Still No Apology.

      The man who oversaw the famed Ohio State University band that disgracefully stigmatized people with HIV was on the Today Show earlier. He said the behavior has been an entrenched culture dating back to the 30's.

      HIV was not once spoken in the interview. Still NO public apology from the school nor this man. You can't just fix your way through a situation. Someone has got to own up and take responsibility, make amends, and then work to fix the situation so that it will never happen again. We are still demanding a public apology.

      Waters wants second chance from Ohio State

      Jonathan Waters has an offer for Ohio State University: If school leaders reinstate him as director of the marching band, he will help fix the band's culture. In his first interview since Ohio State fired him on July 24, the former marching band director told The Dispatch that his dismissal was based on a "very flawed, very inaccurate report."

    3. We hit 100 Signatures! Let's keep going!

      We won't stop until Ohio State University issues a public apology and implements a remedial plan to stem stigma throughout the entire institution.

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    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Duane Smith PARMA, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      Bad decision. Jon Waters was the best solution and in no way the problem.

    • Adrian Neil DAYTON, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      Offended by the language especially since I'm a Black gay male who is HIV positive.

    • Michael Burnett COLUMBUS, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      I am HIV+ and it offended me.

    • Alan Timothy Lunceford NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      Human Rights are right. discrimination has no place in society.

    • Lavern Yoder Jr DEFIANCE, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      I think it wrong


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