This article was published on December 14th, 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.