NOH8 Campaign

Friday, September 06, 2013

"Kids are walking around the hallway, plagued by pain in their heart // A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are // And a certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all, but it's a damn good place to start // No law's gonna change us, we have to change us // Whatever God you believe in, we come from the same one // Strip away the fear, underneath, it's all the same love, about time that we raised up!" - 'Same Love' : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

Back in November 2008, California passed Proposition 8 (Prop. 8), which made it legal for the state to ban same-sex marriage. This defeat sparked a movement in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. Photographers Adam Bouska, and partner Jeff Parshley, started the NOH8 Campaign as a silent protest against Prop. 8. They have photographed everyone from everyday people in California to celebrities and politicians. Since its beginnings in 2008, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to more than 30,000 faces!

"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."

Left: Adam Bouska // Right: Jeff Parshley

On June 28, 2013, five years later, Prop. 8 was repealed under Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, enabling same-sex marriages to continue. Minutes later Perry and Stier became the first couple in California to legally wed under the state law since Prop. 8 was enforced in 2008. According to Wikipedia, as of August 2013 thirteen states have legalized gay marriage including: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Top (L-R): Amber Rose, Gene Simmons, Emma Roberts // Middle (L-R): Steve-O, Kardashians, Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz // Bottom (L-R): Aaron Carter, Kat Von D, Brant Daugherty // More Celebs Here

The NOH8 Campaign is a great one and I think it's a great, peaceful but effective way to catch people's attention and get them to listen. YOU can also take part in this amazing campaign by posting your own NOH8 photo here, or posting your story here. You can also help by talking about it or posting about it on your social media sites. Any way you can raise awareness is a huge help! YOUR VOICE MATTERS. To learn more about the NOH8 Campaign visit there website here.

What I don't understand is why gay marriage isn't legal in all 50 states, or better yet, every nation. Why is it such a big deal if two people, who just happen to be of the same sex, want to get married? How will that affect you? I don't think I'll ever be able to understand why it's such a huge issue when we have bigger things we should be dealing with like the world water crisis, AIDS, our trillion dollar debt, etc. 

I honestly think Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's song "Same Love" has so much truth to it. If you haven't heard it yet here's a link to the video. Watch it, listen to it and I mean really listen to the lyrics. 

What are your thoughts? Will you join the NOH8 Campaign? I hope I'm alive to see the day where not only marriage equality, but equality in general is the norm. 

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