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NOH8 Campaign photo shoot in Chicago expanded because of overwhelming response

NOH8 photo shoot now to begin at Noon today, W Hotel City Center

Chicago, IL — The NOH8 Campaign photo shoot on Monday in Chicago was expanded because of overwhelming interest by Midwest supporters.

Actress Jane Lynch in a NOH8 Campaign photo ::
Actress Jane Lynch in a NOH8 Campaign photo 
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"The amount of RSVPs is a bit intimidating," photographer Adam Bouska told "It really says a lot about what is on people's minds these days."

Bouska started the silent protest with partner Jeff Parshley in response to the passage of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California on Nov. 4, 2008. 

The first photo was of Parshley in the now-well known pose that includes supporters covering their mouths with duct tape and "NOH8" painted on one cheek to symbolize the belief that they are being silenced by Proposition 8 and similar legislation nationwide.

Since that first photo, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to more than 5,500 photographs of supporters and continues to grow at an exponential rate. Supporters of the campaign include politicians and celebrities including Cindy McCain, Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin and Isaiah Washington.

Bouska, a Chicago native, tells the NOH8 Campaign would like to add Oprah Winfrey's face to the cause. "We're hoping to get influential faces like Oprah, President Obama, Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Bill Clinton," he said. 

The NOH8 Campaign, recently a nonprofit organization, continues to protest against the ban of same-sex marriage and all anti-discriminatory acts.

The Chicago photo shoot is one of a series of nationwide events, but Parshley tells that with over 1,400 reservations Chicago is going to be one of the largest shoots to date. 

"We will demand full Federal equality for all and we won't stop until that is achieved," said Bouska. 

Related: Read the interview with NOH8 creators Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley

Related:Adam and Jeff on Fox Chicago's Good Day Chicago (video)
I'd really love to do this, but I can't afford it. I'm really surprised they're charging for these pics.
Posted by Mark668 on Mon, 10/11/2010 10:40 AM
NOH8 refuses to disclose any information related to their finances (salaries, donations, etc). Do not support this campaign. Donate time/money to groups that actually impact public policy. (HRC doesn't fit this category either)
Posted by Ross on Mon, 10/11/2010 5:37 PM
For all of you that did the NOH8 photoshoot tonight (or any night) ask them where the money you "donated" went.......or you could just check their back pockets!!
Posted by zmqc on Tue, 10/12/2010 2:23 AM
No they do not pocket it like you say. The money goes to fund the traveling the country for shoots, gettign to protest etc... Learn what your writting before you do so your not wrong
Posted by Michael on Thu, 10/28/2010 5:36 AM
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