Monday, September 19, 2011

NOH8: North Carolina Joins Marriage Equality Battle

Banner NOH8 a pro gay marriage, anti bullying, marriage equality photography organization has joined the battle for marriage equality in North Carolina.
Gay and Lesbian couples in North Carolina found themselves the latest targets of anti-gay ideology this week as the state Senate approved placing legislation on the May 2012 ballot that would amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage (Huffington Post). Not only would the amendment deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry, but the discriminatory legislation would bar any sort of legal recognition of unions besides those between one man and one woman - including civil unions and domestic partnerships. These basic human rights should never be up for a vote.
On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.
How can you make your voice heard? The NOH8 Campaign has announced its upcoming open photo shoot at North Carolina Pride in Durham, North Carolina later this month. On September 24th, we'll be setting up our mobile studio at Duke University's East Campus and giving the opportunity for North Carolinians to add their faces to the fight for equality.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska ( and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.

Nearly two and a half years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 13,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, and has appeared in various local and national news programs and publications. The images are widely used on various social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the message of equality. Eventually the images will be compiled for a large-scale media campaign.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal, NOH8, PRIDE-\m/ -l-