The NOH8 Campaign (NOH8 meaning "No Hate") is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote LGBT marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.
The campaign was created as photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska 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. The phrase refers to "H8" (leet for 'hate'), short for "Proposition H8" (pronounced "proposition hate"), a nickname used by critics of the proposition. The photos are featured on the campaign's website, as well as various social networks, as well as a virtual world campaign in Second Life.
The images are widely used on various social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the message of equality. Some photographers and student groups have even set up their own photoshoots. The campaign photos have circulated on the internet and are appearing on many supporters' social networking profiles. Both LGBT and non-LGBT people have participated in the photoshoots.
On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the LGBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response. Chad Griffin eventually challenged California's Proposition 8 in a lawsuit that would ultimately make him a historical figure amongst the LGBT community. The NOH8 Campaign was created in 2009 as a result of the amendment of Proposition 8. While initially inspired by Proposition 8, the scope of the NOH8 Campaign has expanded its main goals to fight discrimination and bullying universally as a means to spread a worldview of acceptance.
- During the Miss USA 2009 controversy, former Miss USA, Shanna Moakler and co-executive state pageant director Keith Lewis encouraged Tamiko Nash, Miss California and Miss USA 2006 first runner-up, and 2008 Miss California Raquel Beezley to attend a photo shoot to protest Carrie Prejean's views on same-sex marriage in the United States. Later, former Miss USA and Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee posed for the NOH8 campaign.
- On May 25, 2009, the NOH8 campaign released a public service announcement, and on August 12, 2009, a second PSA called "Coming Out".
- On November 18, 2009, the campaign announced that the city of West Hollywood, California, plans to make December 13 the official "NoH8 Day."
- On November 5, 2010, the NOH8 Campaign was approved as a Public Benefit charity by the California Attorney General's office, thus allowing for its current status as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.
Celebrity & Political support
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. Perrette 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.
Celebrities who have been photographed in support of the NOH8 campaign include (in alphabetical order): Lance Bass, Camren Bicondova, Deepak Chopra, Alan Cumming, Dr. Drew. Kathy Griffin, Paris Hilton, Mark Hoppus, Josh Hutcherson, sisters Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian, Larry King, Chris Kluwe, Lindsay Lohan, Ricky Martin, Idina Menzel, Crystal Reed, LeAnn Rimes, Emma Roberts, Holland Roden, brothers Jonathan, JD and Drew Scott, Gene Simmons, Bryan Singer, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Scottie Thompson, Trevor Wright, Mayra Veronica, Nick Verreos, Weird Al Yankovic, and David Yost.
Politicians and other political figures who have lent their support to the NOH8 campaign include: activist Lt. Dan Choi, Republican mother and daughter duo Cindy and Meghan McCain, House Democrats Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rep. Bill Keating, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Rep. Jared Polis, and Rep. Jackie Speier, and then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa., and 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
WWE wrestler Darren Young wore a NOH8 hoodie for his match at the Elimination Chamber PPV in February 2014 (he is the first WWE performer to come out publicly as gay while active as a wrestler with the company), and in April 2014, numerous WWE wrestlers participated in a photo shoot to promote the campaign.