NOH8 Campaign

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NOH8 Campaign
NOH8 Campaign Logo
Formation 2009
Type 501(c)(3)
Adam Bouska
Key people
Jeff Parshley (Chairman)

The NOH8 Campaign (NOH8 meaning "No Hate") is a charitable organization in whose mission is to promote LGBT marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.[1]

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.[2][3]

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.[4][5][6][7] The campaign photos have circulated on the internet and are appearing on many supporter's social networking profiles. Both LGBT and non-LGBT people have participated in the photoshoots.[8]


NOH8 Campaign at the Los Angeles LGBT pride parade in 2011

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.[9] 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.

Notable events[edit]

Celebrity support[edit]

Actress Pauley Perrette attending the NOH8 campaign

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.[16] 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.[17][18][19]

Celebrity photo contributors include Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber, David Yost, Larry King, Cindy McCain, Emma Roberts, Cher, Alan Cumming, Kim Kardashian, Chris Kluwe, Josh Hutcherson, Weird Al Yankovic, Kathy Griffin, Doug Robb, Kristen Stewart, Idina Menzel, Ricky Martin, Paris Hilton, Mayra Veronica, Nikki Sixx, Mark Hoppus, Jonathan Scott, Dylan O'Brien, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden and 64 Members of the House Democratic Caucus.[20][21]

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.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NOH8 Campaign - About". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ "NOH8 Campaign SL's photostream". Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  3. ^ "No H8's Viral Campaign Goes Virtual". NOH8. 
  4. ^ "Local photographer Debra Gloria gives some NOH8 action of her own". 
  5. ^ "Students strike pose to support NOH8 campaign". 
  6. ^ Nixon, Tim (2009-11-19). "Kardashian girls keep it schtum". The Sun. London. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  7. ^ McCain, Meghan (June 19, 2009). "Why I Posed Against Prop 8". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  8. ^ "No H8 Photos Take Over Facebook". The Advocate. 
  9. ^ Phelps, Timothy. "The Man Behind the Proposition 8 lawsuit". Los Angeles Times. Washington Bureau. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Shanna Moakler, Former Miss Universe Brook Lee Rally for Anti-Prop 8 Ad Campaign". Fox News. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  11. ^ "NOH8 Campaign PSA". Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  12. ^ "NOH8 Campaign's "I'm Coming Out" PSA". Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  13. ^ "Twitter / NOH8 Campaign: Mark your calendars...". Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  14. ^ "State of California Department of Justice search of the Registry of Charitable Trusts (RCT)". Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  15. ^ "NOH8 Campaign - About". Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  16. ^ "Pauley Perrette Teams Up With DMC". The Insider. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  17. ^ "NCIS Star Pauley Perrette Answers Your NOH8 Auction Requests!". NOH8 Campaign. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Pauley Perrette (pauleyp) on Twitter". Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  19. ^ Advocate editorial staff (January 6, 2011). "NCIS's Pauley Perrette Says NoH8". The Advocate. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
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  21. ^ "Familiar Faces Part 5". Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
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