On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked outrage and a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organisations being formed in response and ready to fight against the ban.
http://www.bouska.net/) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolising their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.
It has been three years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 18,000 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. If you have time flicking through their website you will spot SO many faces you recognise.
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.
The latest publicity came through a photo of gay rights icon Harvey Milk, compiled of 10,000 NOH8 photos (see if you can find us.....i'm kidding that would be silly :))
The proceeds from the November 2011 music video Attention Please by Darryl McDaniels of Run–D.M.C. and actress Pauley Perrette of NCIS are donated to the NOH8 campaign. She has also supported NOH8 by providing memorabilia for auction and with awareness-raising efforts such as wearing a NOH8 dress to the People's Choice Awards in 2011 and adding a silent protest photo as the background and profile pic on her official Twitter account. (Did we mention we slightly LOVE Pauley Perrette!)
So this week's SFFF wasn't the usual, but we hope you learned something new and look out for a NOH8 photoshoot near you to show your support!
Until next time, Sarah & Laura xo