5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 22

1. Judge Vaughn Walker, who presided over the Prop 8 trial that led to the legalization of gay marriage in California, blinked back tears during the trial as a man testified about undergoing conversion therapy—...
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Atlanta NOH8 photos now posted

It's been almost six weeks since the NOH8 campaign made its Atlanta stop. Now the local photos are posted on the N0H8 website.

Adam Bouska and his partner, Jeff Parshley, founded the NOH8 Campaign after voters in California approved Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, on Nov. 4, 2008. In the photos, celebrities and everyday people don NOH8 tattoos and duct tape over their mouths to protest the silencing effect of homophobia.

The NOH8 campaign has gone on to promote other LGBT equality causes as well. But it’s the photos that people love. The campaign has grown to more than 8,000 “faces” in the past two years. A crowd estimated at over 800 turned out Jan. 16 for the Atlanta shoot, held at the W Midtown hotel on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The NOH8 campaign put out an announcement on the release of the photos:

"First of all, a huge thanks to all of you for coming out and supporting the cause during our very first open shoot in Atlanta, in addition to your patience in getting the photos back to you guys - we couldn't believe how many there were to go through! While Chicago still has the highest number for people who came out to the shoot, Atlanta broke the record for largest number of photos taken! We added hundreds of new faces to the campaign and our fight for equality - and that is truly something for you all to be proud of."

Rev. Josh Noblitt of St. Mark United Methodist, an organizer of the event, told the crowd of hundreds that it was time for LGBT people and allies to “take their place in the civil rights movement.”

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Hundreds turn out for Atlanta’s ‘NOH8’ photo shoot over MLK Weekend

And many waited and waited and waited. Some up to three to four hours or more. But you couldn't tell by the jovial atmosphere where people stood in line and made new friends.

“We’ve been here for about two hours … but I knew it was going to take awhile and it was going to be packed. I don’t mind [the wait],” said Casey Drummond, formerly of San Diego.

Drummond was standing in line with his friend, David Montaque, who moved to Atlanta from Jamaica six years ago. The two posed together.

“I think this is a great cause and I wanted to be part of it. And the tattoo looks really good,” Montaque said, smiling.

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NOH8 photo campaign visits Atlanta

The popular NOH8 Campaign comes to Atlanta on MLK Day 2011

The photography campaign that has spawned nearly 6,000 photos of celebrities and every day people with duct tape across their mouths and “NOH8” painted on their faces began two years ago in an L.A. apartment at about 3 a.m.

Photographer Adam Bouska and his partner, Jeff Parshley, were devastated when California voters approved Prop 8, a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, in the November 2008 election. The two men felt silenced in their home state and wanted to do something to protest Prop 8.

“It was natural we come up with a plan to use photographs … this was on everyone’s mind and we were looking for ways to get involved,” Bouska said in an interview from his L.A. home as he prepares for a Jan. 16 NOH8 photo shoot in Atlanta.

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National anti-gay marriage group claims bias in Prop 8 hearing

The National Organization for Marriage released a statement regarding the federal appeals court hearing on California’s Proposition 8 yesterday, decrying the court panel as biased.

The anti-gay group is up-in-arms over the inclusion of Judge Stephen Reinhardt, whose wife works with the American Civil Liberties Union and has been involved in the case through her role at the ACLU. Reinhardt was one of three judges who sat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals during yesterday's hearing.

"This hearing makes a mockery of the federal judiciary," said Brian Brown, president of NOM, in an internet posting. "Citizens are entitled to a guarantee of impartiality from their judiciary. Yet here we have the spectacle of a federal appeals court justice ruling on a case in which his wife represents a group that is a participant. A cynic would be left to wonder if the fix is in for marriage in the Ninth Circuit."

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New pro-gay NOH8 video features Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain, wife of current U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), is featured in the latest video from the NOH8 campaign.

In the video, Cindy (yes, we’re on a first name basis) appears to call out her husband for his stance on gay issues, including a vow from the senator to block via a filibuster any attempt to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

"Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future,” McCain says in the video. She was also featured in the NOH8 campaign earlier this year to show her support of same-sex marriage.