Wednesday, 22 February 2012

NOH8 Campaign

MISSION STATEMENT: The NOH8 Campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.

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.

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.

Three years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 20,000 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.

Familiar Faces

Giuliana Rancic Pete Wentz Marlee Matlin Andrea Bowen
Team Griffin Steve-O Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Pearl Aday Kim Kardashian
Lacey Schwimmer The Gorham Family Kimberley Caldwell Denyce Lawton
Meghan McCain Tony Plana Gloria Allred 5567_small
Laura Ling Tracy Young Paul McGill D. Woods
Jane Lynch Diva Zappa Kandi Burruss Kristine W
Tracy Young, Kim Zolciak, and Kim Vo David Yost Elizabeth Keener Vida Ghaffari
Shoshannah Stern Tracy Young, Kim Zolciak, and Kim Vo Amy Hill Slade Smiley
Kelly Stables Patti Stanger Thomas Ian Nicholas Cherry Bomb
Brian Peeler JoJo 5596_small Renny Martyn
Jennifer Elise Cox Daniel Miagany Trenyce Cobbins Lilian Garcia
Elizabeth Keener & Jamie Lauren Joshua Colon Patricia Ja Lee Kaki West
5607_small Caridee English Kourtney Kardashian Brian Corsetti
Hope Olaide Wilson Erin Cahill, Vernon Wells, and Jason Faunt Sugar Dina Manzo & Daughter
5614_small Khloe Kardashian Jennie Laws Kim Zolciak & Kim Vo
Ann Walker Ryan Barry Jason Scarlatti David Hernandez
Leslie Jordan Weird Al Yankovic The Glenn Twins Drew Seeley
Shanna Moakler Steve-O & His Bodyguard Mikalah Gordon Lt. Dan Choi
5630_small Dr. Drew Deepak Chopra Glenn Packard
Bree Steven Daigle Blake Lewis Steve-O
Laura Silverman Ruthie Alcaide JD Ordonez Brennan Hillard
Christian Serratos Hal Sparks Caroline Rhea Daren Kagasoff
Rib Hillis 5647_small Ella Thomas Scottie Thompson
Kristanna Loken Lynn Warren Nick Verreos 5653_small
Jonathan Waud Jack Mackenroth Shannon Elizabeth Suzanne Whang
Adam Carolla Rod Roddenberry Rebecca Cardon Callie
5662_small Andy Cohen Kathy Griffin
Karli Henriquez Meghan Hall 5668_small Gotham Chopra
Cathy Debuono & Jill Bennett Nick Gonzalez Madison Hildebrand Tiffany Rinehart
Mandy Jiroux Jerri Manthey Michele Noonan Adam Bouska
The Kardashians Kevin Campbell Gavyn Michaels Kendra Jade Rossi
5681_small Crystal Chappell Kim Vo Tila Tequila
Kevin Stea Candace Smith & Marcellas Reynolds Larry Kramer Jennifer Elise Cox & Friends
Debi Mazar Brooke Scher Chelsi Smith Debbie Gibson
Nikki Caster Prancer Cindy McCain Oleysa Rulin
Jason Marsden Tabatha Coffey Doug Robb Chris Gustin
Andy Dick Mary Ling Carmit Bachar Brandon Beemer & Nadia Bjorlin
Tara Reid Shanna Moakler Sam Sarpong Michael Maize
Aaron Carter Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz Erin Foley Big Billy Clark
Joel Michaely & Julie Gonzalo Perez Hilton Suzanne Westenhoefer Marisa Lauren
Jackson Davis Lisa Edelstein Dina Manzo Jason Steed
Sheree Whitfield Jillian Barberie Reynolds Elaine Hendrix Shanel
Taylor Dayne Jade Vernon Wells Damien Fahey
Ari Gold 5733_small Monica May Syesha
Dr. Drew Jenna Ushkowitz & Kevin McHale Stephanie Pratt Kelly Berning
Danny Pintauro Veronica Portillo Lance Bass Bridget Marquardt
Jason "Heat" Rosell Holly Madison Carmryn Manheim Margaret Cho & Selene Luna
Holly Madison & Bridget Marquardt Tawny Heath Ana Ortiz Billie Myers
Emmy Rossum Bryan Singer Jesse Brune Joy Bianchi
Brooke Hogan Nicole Facciuto Candace Bailey Kevin Frazer
Holly Montag Marissa Cuevas Dalila Ali Rajah Kim Turrisi & Crystal Chappell
Ida Turner Michael Muhney Jenn Hoffman Marcellas Reynolds
Audrey Kitching Fran Drescher Angelique Bates Paul Song
Deadlee Marcus Molinari Mike Manning 5779_small
B. Scott 5781_small 5782_small Lt. Dan Choi
Benjamin Salisbury Lydia Tavera Selene Luna Gretchen Rossi
Aubrey O'Day Kim Zolciak Weird Al Yankovic & Family James Kyson Lee
Michael Emerson Ashlee Simpson-Wentz Christopher Gorham Jay Manuel
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz Rachel True Andrew Woods Onch
Claudia Jordan Jen Kirkman, Brad Wollack, and Sarah Colonna Nick Hogan Jenna Ushkowitz
Holly Madison & Bridget Marquardt Jackie Warner Nadia Bjorlin Andrea Roth
Lorena Feijóo Electrik Red Ribb Hillis Erin Cahill
Lisa Ling 5816_small

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