#Roommates, it’s been almost two weeks big baby He made highly controversial comments on the LGBTQ+ community and HIV/AIDS-well, now it seems that representatives of both communities are in open contact with him, hoping to be educated. In a recent open letter, more than a dozen LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organizations expressed interest in meeting with DaBaby to inform him why his comments were considered harmful and offensive.
@Variety reports that DaBaby may still be there Dropped From various music festivals, it seems that some of the most powerful LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS community organizations no longer laugh at him, but open the door to education. LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organizations in 11 countries have just issued an open letter to DaBaby requesting a private meeting to discuss the facts about HIV/AIDS, and hope that he will share knowledge with his huge fan base. These organizations are: GLAAD, the Arianna Center of the Black AIDS Institute, the Normal Abnormality Initiative, the Prevention of Access Campaign, the Relations Release, the 6:52 Project Foundation and the leaders of the Gilead COMPASS initiative, including the Southern AIDS Alliance, Emory University, University of Houston and Wake Forest University.
A small part of the lengthy open letter read: “We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at Rolling Loud, and read your apology on Instagram. However, HIV continues to disproportionately affect black Americans and cool people. When children are with transgender people of color, dialogue is crucial. We must address the false education you expressed in your comments about HIV and its impact on various communities.”
You can read the full open letter to DaBaby below:
We, the undersigned, represent organizations that lead HIV prevention and provide care and treatment for people living with HIV, especially black LGBTQ people in the southern United States.
We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at Rolling Loud and have read your Instagram apologies. However, as HIV continues to disproportionately affect black Americans and queer and transgender people of color, dialogue is crucial. We must address the false education you expressed in your comments about HIV and its impact on various communities.
2021 is the 40th year of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The biggest obstacle to our work to end HIV is the comprehensive stigma of anti-blacks, HIV-infected people, misogyny, and anti-LGBTQ attitudes and stereotypes, all of which are contributing to the adoption of mistakes information. Fear and stigma prevent people, especially black Americans, from accessing the HIV prevention or care that white Americans have historically and continue to have access to more easily. We believe that you now not only have the opportunity to get rid of this unfortunate incident, but also have the opportunity to use your platform and celebrities to heal rather than hurt.
We believe that anyone can become an HIV advocate in the following ways: how to have drugs (PrEP) that can prevent people from getting HIV by taking a pill a day, how to prevent the spread of the virus by HIV-infected people with conventional treatment, and how people can receive HIV care. How to survive and develop while coexisting, and how open and understanding dialogue can eliminate the stigma. You can be a powerful and influential voice, especially in your base camp in the South. As we all know, the needs of the black community are not fully represented in every public domain. We encourage you to share this information with your fans and followers and become an agent of truth and change.
Music artists have always taken the lead in improving understanding of HIV and accelerating the acceptance of LGBTQ. Some artists and platforms have opposed you. While we appreciate their position, we also invite them to take action and end HIV by supporting organizations like ours that serve black, LGBTQ, and/or people living with HIV.
As you mentioned in your recent apology, education is very important. we agree. The 2020 HIV stigmatization study by GLAAD and Gilead Sciences found that 90% of Americans believe that “stigmatization exists around HIV”, “people will quickly determine who is HIV-infected”, and “people are being tested for HIV” Make assumptions at the time.” Quite a few people (40%) do not know that HIV can be treated. Nearly 60% of people mistakenly believe that “it is important to be careful around people living with HIV to avoid contracting it”.
As we reported earlier, earlier this week, DaBaby apologized again for his remarks because his number of appearances at the festival increased to 7 times.
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