The NOH8 Campaign may have formed back in 2009 as a rebuttal to the long-dead California same-sex marriage ban Prop 8, but the project lives on in 2015, with an Atlanta photo shoot scheduled for this Sunday, Oc...
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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.”
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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