Texans Garry Brown, Kristopher Sharp frontrunners in Victory Fund contest

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Two Texans are among 16 LGBT candidates running in Victory Fund’s Onward to Victory contest for those thinking about running for public office or interested in working on an LGBT candidate’s campaign.

The winner gets an all-expenses-paid spot at Victory Fund’s candidate and campaign training in Atlanta from May 30-June 2. The winner will be announced on May 20.

In third place, as of this writing, is Garry Brown.

Brown is running for Travis County commissioner. If elected, he would be the first LGBT county commissioner elected in Texas. He has worked as a congressional aide to Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett and currently serves as public relations director for Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez.

In first place is Kristopher Sharp.

Sharp was recently elected vice president of the University of Houston—Downtown student body despite homophobic attacks against him. He has no planned upcoming races but has plans to continue his political career.

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—  David Taffet

University of Houston student targeted in homophobic attacks wins election

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Kristopher Sharp plans to use his position as vice president of the University of Houston—Downtown to educate the campus on diversity next school year.

Sharp and his running mate, Isaac Valdez, were elected by the student body last week. Sharp was the target of anti-gay attacks throughout the campaign, including a flier that listed Sharp’s HIV-positive status with medical information on the back. In the weeks that followed, Sharp said graffiti stating “Issac + Kris=AIDS” popped up in bathrooms.

The university launched an investigation and Sharp said he is working with the administration. He’s also hired a lawyer for his protection, but he said he doesn’t want to press charges when the person responsible is found. Instead, he wants the university to place them on academic probation.

—  Anna Waugh

Houston student targeted for HIV status, ‘homosexual agenda’ in election

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A flier circulated on a Houston college campus this week targeted a student body vice president candidate’s sexual orientation and HIV status.

Kristopher Sharp, a junior social work major at the University of Houston-Downtown, said administrators called him in to meet with them on Tuesday and he learned about the anti-gay flier.

The flier, above, has a picture of him with an X over it below the caption, “WANT AIDS?” and urges students not to support him and his running mate’s “homosexual agenda.”

On the back of the flier is a copy of a medical document from one of Sharp’s recent doctor appointments that contains his home address, phone number and HIV status.

Sharp, 23, said he’s out on campus and is open about his HIV-positive status, having spoken about his experience with the disease at a World AIDS Day event. He said he keeps a folder of medical forms in his student senator desk in the student government office since his doctor is a few blocks from campus. He said he recently noticed forms missing.

Seeing the flier and realizing someone took his forms shocked him.

“I was devastated,” Sharp said. “I knew going into this that there would be some people who wouldn’t support me because of who I am.”

—  Anna Waugh