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|Atlanta NOH8 photos now posted|
|by Ryan Watkins & Dyana Bagby|
|February 25, 2011 11:52|
It's been almost six weeks since the NOH8 campaign made its Atlanta stop. Now the local photos are posted on the N0H8 website.
Adam Bouska and his partner, Jeff Parshley, founded the NOH8 Campaign after voters in California approved Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, on Nov. 4, 2008. In the photos, celebrities and everyday people don NOH8 tattoos and duct tape over their mouths to protest the silencing effect of homophobia.
The NOH8 campaign has gone on to promote other LGBT equality causes as well. But it’s the photos that people love. The campaign has grown to more than 8,000 “faces” in the past two years. A crowd estimated at over 800 turned out Jan. 16 for the Atlanta shoot, held at the W Midtown hotel on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
The NOH8 campaign put out an announcement on the release of the photos:
"First of all, a huge thanks to all of you for coming out and supporting the cause during our very first open shoot in Atlanta, in addition to your patience in getting the photos back to you guys - we couldn't believe how many there were to go through! While Chicago still has the highest number for people who came out to the shoot, Atlanta broke the record for largest number of photos taken! We added hundreds of new faces to the campaign and our fight for equality - and that is truly something for you all to be proud of."
Rev. Josh Noblitt of St. Mark United Methodist, an organizer of the event, told the crowd of hundreds that it was time for LGBT people and allies to “take their place in the civil rights movement.”
Anthony Antoine McWilliams is a local singer-songwriter and member of Adodi Muse. He's pictured here with his daughter Vogue.
Brent Corcoran of RNZ Photography is a freelancer for the GA Voice.
Officer Brian Sharp is one of the two LGBT Liaisons for the Atlanta Police Department.
Calivino Donati and Doria Roberts own Urban Canibals on Flat Shoals Ave. in Atlanta. Roberts is also a critically acclaimed local musician and artist.
Carlton Mackey, Josh Nobblit and Nikki Noto organized the NoH8 photoshoot with photographers Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley in Atlanta. Read more about it here.
Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas from the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Dyana Bagby is deputy editor of the GA Voice.
Glen Paul Freedman is the chair of the Atlanta Police Department's LGBT Advisory group. He's seen here with Cindy Abel, an Atlanta-based filmmaker and former board co-chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. She's written a guest editorial for GA Voice.
Melanie Thompson, pictured with her wife Amy Morris, is the Executive Director of AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA). We interviewed the happy couple on the day of the shoot.
Mike Ritter is the cartoonist for the GA Voice. Check out his latest editorial cartoon here.
Drag personality Nicole Paige Brooks celebrates “Sweet 16” years of performing drag at Jungle tonight. Brooks was also a contestant on Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a campy drag fundraising troupe. Here's our story from last year.
All photos courtesy NOH8 Campaign. For more information, please visit www.noh8campaign.com.
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