Sunday, January 31, 2010

I Posed for the NOH8 campaign.

On Sunday I participated in a photo shoot for the NOH8 campaign. It was exhilarating! The people, the energy, the cause....

What's that you ask? Well, here's some info: 

On November 4th, 2008, Proposition 8 passed, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

In the wake of the defeat, there has been a groundswell of initiative from within the community at a grassroots level. Seizing this opportunity, new political and protest organizations are forming almost daily. The NO H8 Campaign is a photo project and silent protest created by celebrity
photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8.

The campaign started with portraits of everyday Californians who support Marriage Equality and soon rose to celebrities, military personnel, brothers and sisters, law enforcement, lesbian mothers, directors, politicians, newlyweds, and more. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices not being heard and "NO H8" painted on one cheek in protest.

Jillian and I leaving the photo shoot

I'm not a model but that's not really the point (the photographer was amazing - he made everyone look beautiful through that lens). I fully support this silent protest and feel that I have taken part (however small) in a revolution - a quiet revolution promoting peace and equality. As a lawyer, a writer, a blogger, a human being, I feel that a grievance toward one of us - meaning one person or one group - is a grievance toward us all.

My sister and I participated in the shoot (thanks to her notoriety in the media), and I'll be certain to share the pictures with you in a few weeks when they come out.

I feel overwhelmingly thankful that this opportunity was presented to me. But you can be part of it too! On Monday February 2, 2010 there is a photo shoot open to the public. For more info, check out the NOH8 campaign: become a fan on facebook  or follow them on twitter.

No matter your stance on the subject, I think it's important to do ones part in this world to be an instrument of peace, not hatred. It's not easy, but I strive for it every day.