Kristopher Sharp: UHD Student Targeted for Spreading AIDS, Promoting "Homosexual Agenda" on Campus

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As SCOTUS listens to oral arguments on gay marriage, UHD struggles from another bout of gay-bashing.
Late last week, Kristopher Sharp, a third-year social work major at the University of Houston-Downtown, was called into Dean of Students Tommy Thomason's office. The dean handed Sharp a flyer printed on both sides. It had been been scattered along the university's stairwells and tacked to the assorted bulletin boards dotting campus. It was the first time Sharp had seen it.

The front featured a photo of Sharp, hair draped over his shoulders, bow tie cinched. A giant X sliced across the photo. "WANT AIDS?" blared the top of the flyer. Just beneath the photo: "DON'T SUPPORT THE Isaac and Kris HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA."

Flipping it over, Sharp saw the flyer continued on the back. In lieu of the hyperbolic, histrionic caps, though, there was text even more inflicting: Sharp's medical records, confirming his status as an HIV-positive student.

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Found around the UHD campus.
"I was initially really devastated that this could happen," Sharp, who has taken a week to digest the message, told Hair Balls. "What was going through my head was, 'How quickly can I transfer?'"

Sharp, who'd recently spoken openly about both his sexuality and HIV status, had heard that the flyers were floating around. He'd heard mention that someone was handing them out to passersby, but doesn't know whether anyone's yet laid eyes on the individual, or individuals, who spread these papers through campus. He only knows that he wasn't expecting something this despicable, this horrific, when he initially announced an interest in running for student body president next month.

Yes, there are fringe elements within UHD; as a university that prides itself on lifting Houston's diversity, it's only natural that the more loathsome strains would also find their way onto campus. And, yes, Sharp's both seen and been on the receiving end of the calls of "faggot!" percolating through classrooms and study lounges on campus. But this? Medical records and homosexual agendas? All of the AIDS-based fear-mongering that helped stigmatize an entire generation of gay men across the nation?

"I've never seen anything like this -- this is the very first time anything like this has occurred [on campus]," says Sharp. "There's a culture at UHD that is somewhat less accepting of LGBT youth, but something of this magnitude is completely mind-blowing. I knew, going into the election, that I could possibly be targeted because of my sexuality -- but I had no idea that it would go to this level."


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iolaniann
iolaniann

Stealing medical records is a crime that should be reported.  I hope Mr. Sharp runs because he will win the election.  I believe he has showed he would make a good leader and has already proven himself by the way he is handling this.

D.Q
D.Q

@samelove

I didnt mean to hurt ANYONE'S feelings but i was just stating what i belive in o.k.

givingVoice
givingVoice

Mr. Sharp seems to have the maturity and compassion to be an effective leader. 

Have compassion for the printer, who will carry the fear of being outed for their crime for the rest of their life, since this person does not see the shame of their actions through the fog of their hate and fear.

godsgunner
godsgunner

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country and ONLY into Black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane Black man to notice this and what kind of psycho Black man wouldn't object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

anonymous
anonymous

This is a really disturbing story.  Mr. Sharp is handling this disgusting violation of his privacy a lot better than I would.  I admire his calm and poise, but don't know that I would rule out filing charges.  Something tells me that the jerk who did this won't issue a meaningful apology or learn anything unless there are real consequences.  Good luck Mr. Sharp--with the election (I hope you do run!) and with your continued education and health.

anon
anon

This is incredibly disgusting. I'm so sorry, Mr. Sharp.

hihs
hihs

If you just want an "apology" it will be an empty one as most are, especially from jackasses! If they have no consequences for their cowardly and cruel behavior, I guarantee they WILL DO IT AGAIN!!!! Continue your campaign with the school's support and blessings and WIN. Winning is the best revenge! Those students need brave, bold, leadership. They are counting on YOU!

shanfrina
shanfrina

... REALLY Houston?!? Sending-OUR-support from thee LGBTQ Community in Bflo./Niagara! Bet there's-MORE-people on-HIS-side than NOT! Get REAL! This-IS-2013!!!

nancyrosas0
nancyrosas0

Yes, there is a culture that is less accepting, but there are also some of us that are VERY accepting. As a UHD student, I did not see the flyers, but I am extremely saddened that this occurred. Kris, you have my support & I admire your strength through this trying ordeal.

informchildren
informchildren

Stealing his medical records is wrong... but just as wrong is telling people a gay lifestyle is O.k. when it is a known fact that that is how you get AIDS -- a deadly disease----this lifestyle is not o.k. it is just as deadly as eating poison.  Go to CDC.gov and see for yourself anal sex produces AIDS and cancer....  Let's not hide from reality face the facts and deal with it.   STOP promoting a relationship that is deadly.

erin
erin

I know you want an apology, but this is serious business not to be taken lightly. Your private health information has been violated in print, whether or not you told people of your HIV status. There is a federal law against this. I'm not a lawyer, but maybe you should consult one. 

"Flipping it over, Sharp saw the flyer continued on the back. In lieu of the hyperbolic, histrionic caps, though, there was text even more inflicting: Sharp's medical records, confirming his status as an HIV-positive student."

If there were medical records on the flyer, and only IF, that could be used as substantial evidence for a major  HIPAA violation under The Privacy Rule. The Privacy Rule protects all "individually  identifiable health information" held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information "protected health information (PHI)."

“Individually identifiable health information” is information, including demographic data, that relates to: 

• the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, 

• the provision of health care to the individual, or 

• the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual, and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe can be used to identify the individual. Individually identifiable health information includes many common identifiers (e.g., name, address, birth date, Social Security Number). 

The Privacy Rule excludes from protected health information employment records that a covered entity maintains in its capacity as an employer and education and certain other records subject to, or defined in, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232g. 



jennytulltx
jennytulltx

OK, I have been a homosexual for a long time, a real long time.  And for some reason I can't seem to find my agenda.  I have asked high and low for a copy so I will know what is going on.  But I can't find one.  No one has the agenda.  Now, I ask you, how are we going to do achieve world domination and coordinating colors if we don't have an agenda?

BrittanieShey
BrittanieShey

Hatred like this — this ain't how Houston rolls.

BryanTejas
BryanTejas

If I was the university... regardless of what he wants, charges would be filed. A violation of HIPPA is not something to take lightly. After criminal charges, expel him/her from the university with a lifetime ban.

The_Ponce
The_Ponce

He's more of a man than most people. He does not want revenge nor to shame the individual. That's what you call character. I would gladly help him run for any political office in this nation. This country needs more politicians with convictions. Good luck on your school election.

Adam
Adam

Criminal charges should come and the perpetrator outed. Not as punishment, but set as an example to others who would perpetrate the same sort of crime against minority groups. 

missyjane
missyjane

Wow, he's obviously the better man and human for not wanting to press charges or ostracize the guilty party. I would want to have them publicly stoned.

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

Are there any elections anywhere more plagued by viciousness and dirty tricks than for student government? I mean, JESUS. 

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

This kind of hate is unacceptable in this time and age.  We aren't Iran and especially in a city this size, how do people like this exist!  Sad!

Jerry6
Jerry6

@informchildren So, that is how homosexuals get AIDS.  Then, how do "Strait" people get AIDS?

ladycass
ladycass

@informchildren Congratulations, in your drive to make sure that gay people "know that their lifestyle isn't OK" people like you make sure that they get bullied.   Pat yourself on the back.  Goal accomplished.   Meanwhile since gay people can't help who they are they will go on being who they are... you will just make sure they suffer for it. 

SameLove
SameLove

@informchildren Hmmm....First, HIV is a very real disease, in which men AND woman are both at risk. The "lifestyle"? Anyone who has unprotected sex is at risk for STDs and HIV. 

Second, and this is just to educate you, so your ignorance doesn't offend anyone else; not all gay couples have anal sex AND again anal sex whether it is with gay or straight has the same chance of spreading HIV in positive patients. There are other ways of spreading HIV! Like vaginal intercourse, Oral intercourse, used needles, contact with another's blood, etc. "UNPROTECTED VAGINAL INTERCOURSE IS THE MOST COMMON MODE OF HIV TRANSMISSION" - CDC. So, please don't paraphrase the CDC to preach your hate.

 Third, anal sex doesn't "produce" aids, although there is a higher risk of contraction with unprotected sex because of a more likely chance to come in contact with the person's blood.  

Lastly, as far as that "AIDS" issue goes in relation to your intolerant viewpoint, the biggest thing people can do to reduce the incidence of HIV transmission is to educate folks on the practice of safe sex (i.e. using condoms) to ALL people, and NOT preach your ignorant opinion of how people should live, that is not the issue here.

Also, please spare me the retort that gay men have the highest prevalence of HIV in the U.S.  You would be correct at about 60%, but guess who makes up the OTHER 40%? Wake up and realize that you are paraphrasing what you THINK you know about HIV to push your hidden agenda of intolerance and hate. The world would be a better place if you didn't do that. 

Sources: CDC.gov, and my Doctorate in Medicine.

givingVoice
givingVoice

@del.martinis "This kind of hate is unacceptable." you say.  I agree.  And it is also unacceptable to cast blanket hate on all Iranians.  They  are people too.

Becci1
Becci1

@del.martinis "How do people like this exist" - They've got to be carefully taught. Same as it ever was.

D.Q
D.Q

@ladycass @informchildren

Well i dont think that you should have responded to @informchildren like that, they are just stating what they thought and i have to agree with @informchildren that im against same sex partners as well

welshdog
welshdog

@SameLove dude youre wrong . I don't have a thing against gay people. In fact I believe to live and let live but youre not being factual when you say homosexual men don't have a higher risk of getting and giving AIDS then heterosexual sex partners.  Anal sex is far from the norm with straight couples and having anal sex ,which gay men have, greatly increases the risk of spreading the disease . Why do you think this disease has had such an impact on the gay male population ? And yes now that the disease is more mainstream OF COURSE more people are contracting it thru unprotected vaginal sex .Over 85percent of the population is straight so obviously the numbers are going that way.  Don't use stats to prove things unless you incorporate the REASONS. Gay sex isn't immoral or sinful or anything less animalistic or loving then heterosexual sex but the truth is anal sex between any two people (gay or straight ) isn't as healthy as vaginal sex. The risk factors are much , much greater. Live , love and respect yourself and others ...peace

skatexedge
skatexedge

@SameLove I thoroughly enjoyed reading your response to informchildern thank you.

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

@givingVoice @del.martinis  True and apologies for that, but was just trying to say how Iran is not a good place for gay or human rights in general, unlike us here in the United States.

D.Q
D.Q

@SameLove

i didnt mean to hurt anyones feelings but i was just stating my opinion and im sorry i hurt your feelings.

SameLove
SameLove

@D.Q I feel like lasycass' post was warranted. Without getting into a huge discussion,  you can't tell people how to live their lives and you really can't force your ideals onto different people just because you can't relate to them.  It's not right and it's not fair. You are "against same sex partners"? What does that even mean?

I mean this with no disrespect, but seriously, what gives you the right to dictate a person's sexual orientation?

SameLove
SameLove

@welshdog @SameLove

Actually, I never made such accusations. Read what I wrote more carefully. Gay and straight couples have the same chance (risk) of contracting, not just being exposed to, but actually contracting HIV when having unprotected sex with HIV positive patients. That is true. You are right to say that men who have sex with men are more likely to contract HIV is true, but I never said otherwise. Generally speaking yes, gay men are at a higher risk for HIV transmission. BUT, this stat is just a numbers game.There are more gay men with HIV than other populations, about 60% of the HIV pop. as previously mentioned.What I said was more specific. If two couples one gay, one straight have sex with an HIV positive person, there risk is almost the same depending on who is “giving” vs. receiving”. This example has nothing to do with numbers but rather the anatomy and physiology of how disease contraction via vaginal/anal intercourse works. This is referring to each sexual act individually and not the “general” or overall risk to certain groups.I wasn’t just quoting stats without reason, I was making a retort to a previous post that stated that “anal sex produces HIV”. And when having unprotected sex with a gay or straight person with KNOWN HIV, the risks of contraction are similar.

Ok, since we are splitting hairs here, for no apparent reason, here is the breakdown:IF we are talking about HIV transmission “per act”, that means the chance of contracting HIV EACH time you have intercourse comparing anal vs. vaginal, if you are the one inserting your penis into an orifice (called the insertive partner), the risk is almost EXACTLY the same.IF you are the one RECEVING (called the receptive partner), then the risk of contraction is higher.This is more complex than it appears.A lot has to do with which partner has HIV (or the risk), either the receptive or insertive partner,

And again, not all gay couples have anal sex. And what is your definition of healthy? Like I said, HIV can be contracted in many ways. The only "healthy" way to have sex IF there is concern for potential contraction of HIV is to use protection.  Having vaginal intercourse with a HIV positive patient is not any safer.

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