11 HIV/AIDS organisations pen open letter to DaBaby


Eleven organisations in HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment have penned an open letter to DaBaby requesting a private meeting to address his controversial comments.

Organisations such as GLAAD, Black AIDS Institute, Prevention Access Campaign, and more, as well as leading academics, delivered the address after the rapper – real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk – issued an apology for his homophobic rant at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival last month.

During his performance, the rapper encouraged the crowd to put their mobile phone flashlights in the air if they “didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks”.

The new letter from the 11 organisations explained how HIV is a preventable, untreatable condition and the way his comments could spark stigma and fear.