Gay OSU Marching Band Member Says He Did Not Feel Excluded
A former Ohio State University Marching Band member, who is gay, said he never felt discriminated against during his years on the band.
Brian Gill was a member from 2005 to 2009 when Jon Waters was an assistant director.
Waters was fired on July 24 after a two-month investigation revealed a sexually-charged environment in the band and inappropriate rituals.
Among the accusations was the unofficial songbook with several songs that have anti-gay lyrics.
Gill said he only saw the songbook once or twice in his five years on the band. He said it was never handed out by the directing staff. It was only passed between the more senior members of the band.
Gill wrote an article supporting Waters that was published on the website Outsports.
He said other people have reached out to him since it was published, sharing the same sentiments.
"People who were in the band in the 80's and they've said the same thing, that the band has always been that melting pot of different cultures and religions and interests and hobbies and all of that stuff and it all comes together and we have always felt supported and we always have each other's back," said Gill.
Gill said he wants future members to know they are entering a safe environment where they will be welcomed for who they are.
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