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NOH8 at World Pride 2014

Brian Webb, NOH8
World Pride 2014 is already huge news, as the first pride festival of its kind in North America. What’s making it even bigger is that NOH8 has announced that they will be doing a photoshoot during World Pride.

On June 28th, celebrity photographer, Adam Bouska and the NOH8 crew will be set up in Allan Gardens Park, from 12-3. You don’t need to RSVP to take part in the photo shoot; you do need to wear white, and bring cash. Photos are $45 for a solo shot, and $30 per person for couples and groups. The price includes digital retouching and one digital photo.

This is the second time that NOH8 has come to Canada, the first time they visited Vancouver in 2012.

NOH8 began after Proposition 8 passed in California, kicking off that state’s battle to settle its position on marriage equality permanently. If you care about marriage equality, you need to be at the Toronto photoshoot. What better way to celebrate pride than spending some quality time with friends and donating a few dollars to a charity that promotes the cause of marriage equality and anti-discrimination around the world?

NOH8 events tend to be well attended, and you do need to be there when they call your model number to get your picture taken. The line moves quickly, though, and if you’re in line by 3pm, they will make every effort to make sure you get to participate. To date, no one’s been turned away.

Star-Studded Appearances at 2012 LA Pride Parade

The 2012 Christopher Street West LA Pride Parade was a star-studded event as well-known celebrity drag queens, activists, singers, movie stars, comedians and friends of the LGBT community came to out support the annual event. While the parade had hundreds of people, there were certainly some iconic and familiar faces. The 2012 LA Pride Parade was hosted by social media specialist, Leyla Farah, and Mayor John Duran.


The parade was co-hosted by actor, comedian and writer, Alec Mapa.

Legendary New York drag queen, actress, singer and entertainer, Sherry Vine made a special appearance.

Transgender Canadian beauty queen and Miss Universe contestant, Jenna Talackova, took part in the parade, along with her well-known attorney, Gloria Allred.

Ongina, contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 1, looked smashing in a red hat and dress.

LGBT activist, Betty DeGeneres, proudly marched in the parade. Betty is the mother of comedian, actress, and television host, Ellen DeGeneres.

The parade Grand Marshall was actress, singer and dancer, Molly Ringwald.

Lisa Vanderpump from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes made appearances both at the LA Pride festival and in the LA Pride Parade.

Jeff Parshley and Adam Bouska, co-founders of the NOH8 Campaign proudly marched in the parade, along with dozens of NOH8 campaign supporters.

NOH8 Campaign Coming to Vancouver

Supporters of the NOH8 Campaign have been coming out in record numbers to lend their face to the fight for equality. Across the United States of America, the fight for equal rights has been making progress with same-sex marriage victories in Washington, Maryland and California, and hopefully New Jersey will soon be added to the list. With the ongoing and growing support to recognize same-sex marriage across the United States the NOH8 campaign has announced their 2012 tour stops, which includes a stop in Vancouver, BC, Canada!

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the NOH8 campaign, led by celebrity photographer, Adam Bouska, will be in Vancouver, BC at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel from 5:00-8:00pm taking photos for the campaign.

Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not required. When you arrive, you will be given a numbered model release to complete, along with a NOH8 tattoo and a piece of silver duct tape. Numbers will be called throughout the evening (corresponding to the number on your model release), to signal your time to line up to have your photo taken.

Solo portrait: $40 per person

Couple and group portraits: $25 per person

Fees include the services and processing of one retouched digital print, which will be made available through www.NOH8campaign.com. Physical prints are not included as part of the portrait fee. Each portrait session includes 5-10 frames – the final selection is made by Adam and will be retouched and posted online about 8 weeks after the shoot.

The NOH8 campaign crew do a great job to keep the line-up moving fast and ensure that everyone who is in line by 8:00pm will have their change to pose for a photo.

If you would like to have your photo taken, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Arrive between 5:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, located at 1133 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver.
  2. Arrive camera ready.
  3. Where a plain white t-shirt
  4. Pose and make a statement

Proceeds from the funds raised will be used to promote and raise awareness of marriage and equality, and anti-discrimination through the NOH8 interactive media campaign.

NOH8; A Photographic Silent Protest, Celebrates Three Years

Brian Webb, NOH8 Campaign photo shoot at LA Pride 2011

“I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting L.G.B.T. persons around the world, whether it is passing laws that criminalize L.G.B.T. status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful L.G.B.T. pride celebrations, or killing men, women and children for their perceived sexual orientation.”

– President Barack Obama

While President Obama recently urged foreign aid workers and governments to support LGBT rights initiatives, across the US the fight is still on for equal and human rights.

On November 4, 2008, the State of California amended their Constitution to ban same-sex marriage though legislation titled, Proposition 8. Immediately the LGBT community took action through grassroots community initiatives and protests being formed in response.

Celebrity photographer, Adam Bouska, and his partner, Jeff Parshly, established the NOH8 Campaign, a photographic silent protest. The West Hollywood based activism campaign began on December 13, 2008, and three years later continues to fight for equality for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights in California and beyond.

The signature Adam Bouska NOH8 Campaign photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation. The signature “NOH8” logo is painted / tattooed on one cheek in protest.

Since its inception three years ago, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 18,000 faces, 2011 being the largest year yet. The campaign started with portraits of everyday Californians. The campaign has become so popular and successful that politicians, military personnel, law enforcement, celebrities and people from around the world have also joined the campaign and had their photo taken. Adam has even brought the campaign on the road and has visited three other countries, including Canada.

The NOH8 Campaign hopes to fulfill it’s goal of compiling the images for a large-scale media campaign.

To find out how you can get involved, visit the NOH8 Campaign website.

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