NOH8 to hold photo shoot in Chicago


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The NOH8 Campaign is bringing its mobile studio to Chicago this Monday, Oct. 11, giving Midwest supporters an opportunity to get involved in the growing campaign for equality.

Celebrity photographer Adam 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. 

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