In January of this year several of Compass’ staff attended the Creating Change Conference, an annual gathering of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender activists. We encountered the NOH8 Campaign and decided to participate. We recently received our pictures and notice that NOH8 will be making several stops throughout Florida next month. NOH8 is hosting open shoots in Ft. Lauderdale May 3rd, Tampa on May 4th, Orlando on May 6th – and you guessed it – here in Palm Beach County at Compass on May 5th. Contact me through twitter if you are interested in being a part of this international campaign. Space is definitely going to be limited, so RSVP’s are a must. @tonyplakas
The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska(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, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
Five years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to nearly 33,000 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.
Here are a few of the special staff who participated in the campaign: