NOH8 Campaign Comes Out to Salt Lake City

January 5, 2012
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NOH8 Campaign in Salt Lake City Media Release

NOH8 Campaign Contact
Jeff Parshley
Co-Founder, NOH8 Campaign
Jeff@NOH8Campaign.com

Press Contact (Salt Lake City)
Betsy Hijazi
781-985-2098
BetsyHijazi@gmail.com

NOH8 Campaign Comes Out to Salt Lake City

Campaign Promotes Equality, Anti-Discrimination and Making a Difference

January 5, 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah – On Tuesday, January 24th, the NOH8 Campaign brings its photographic silent protest against discrimination to Salt Lake City. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host the photo shoot.

Initially created by NOH8 Co-Founders Jeff Parshley and Adam Bouska as a two-person protest symbolizing the voices silenced by the passage of California’s Proposition 8, the NOH8 Campaign has since grown into a photographic campaign promoting anti-discrimination and marriage equality around the world. To date, nearly 20,000 men, women and children supporting equality have been photographed by Bouska.

“We’re extremely excited to finally bring the NOH8 Campaign to Utah”, said Parshley. “In 2008, Prop 8 had strong support from the Salt Lake-based LDS Church, resulting in national controversy and animosity towards the Church. Since then, Americans have largely shifted towards tolerance and equality, and while California’s same-sex ban is currently under federal appeal, six states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex marriages, and five states now allow same-sex civil unions.”

Parshley continued, “The NOH8 Campaign’s initial focus was a result of the passage of Prop 8, but has since become a rallying call to raise the consciousness of all about the pervasive discrimination, bullying, and inequality that exists from our children’s classrooms to our nation’s courtrooms. The large LGBT community in Salt Lake City has been a strong supporter of the NOH8 Campaign and has long asked us to come to Salt Lake. We are extremely grateful to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for generously donating the church for our NOH8 photo shoot and are hopeful that the community sees that they have a home at St. Paul’s.

St. Paul’s Rector Father Emil Belsky said, “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is delighted to host the NOH8 Campaign in Salt Lake City. At a time when terms like ‘gospel values’ and ‘family values’ are bandied about as code words for something that refers to neither, we welcome the opportunity to live into our saying, ‘Whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are welcome here at St. Paul’s’. I welcome the NOH8 Campaign to our church.”

Charles Black, Music Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church said, “I have long admired Adam’s photography for the NOH8 Campaign. His stunning images of everyday people lending their silent support to the message of equality is inspirational to me. I’m so excited to welcome NOH8 to Salt Lake City and especially to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where the ideals of tolerance, inclusion and equality are celebrated. I plan to be first in line to add my photograph to this important part of our history.”

The NOH8 Campaign’s Salt Lake City photo shoot is scheduled to begin on January 24th at 4:00 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church located at 261 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Parking is available at a lot on the west side of the church. NOH8 photos cost $40.00 for a solo portrait, and $25.00 per person for couple or group portraits. Interested volunteers should contact the NOH8 Campaign via e-mail at info@NOH8Campaign.com. Additional details can be found at www.NoH8Campaign.com and on Facebook and Twitter. RSVP to the photo shoot on Facebook here.

More than 250 politicians, actors, musicians, and other celebrity personalities have supported the NOH8 Campaign through NOH8 photographs, including Cleve Jones, Cindy and Meghan McCain, Larry King, Deepak Chopra, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Gloria Allred, Jeff Probst, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Zach Wahls, Lt. Dan Choi, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Slash, Isaiah Washington, Rebecca Black, Lea Thompson, Sara Bareillas, Jane Lynch, Alyssa Campanella, Rick Welts, Lisa Ling, Russell Simmons, Rebecca Fox, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Pauley Perrette, Nick Verreos, Jai Rodriguez, Mackenzie Phillips, Hal Sparks, Kathy Griffin, Courtney Love, Lacey Schwimmer, Antonio Cromartie, Dave Navarro, Drew Carey, Karina Smirnoff, Carrie Preston, Paris Hilton, Valerie Bertinelli, Tom Bergeron, Emma Roberts, and The Trevor Project Group.

About NOH8 Campaign
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.

Three years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 19,000 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.

The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, and has appeared in various local and national news programs and publications. The images are widely used on various social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the message of equality. Eventually the images will be compiled for a large-scale media campaign.

The NOH8 Campaign is a charitable organization registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign are used to promote and raise awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination on a global level through an educational and interactive media campaign.

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One Response to NOH8 Campaign Comes Out to Salt Lake City
  1. So excited to read about this. As a straight (raised LDS) woman, from San Diego, and member of IRCONU, (Imperial Rainbow Cort of Nothern Utah) and I am thrilled to support such a fantastic event!!! I believe in equality for ALL! Thank you for coming to Utah!!


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