I posted on this a while back, an article you might want to read. Regardless, most of that article is repeated here!
TL:DR – A selection of the best images (in my opinion) is below, and a link to see ALL of the images is at the end of the article!
Dial back to 2008 in California. An idyllic place, where same sex marriage was OK, where there was no irrational fear, at least in the law. Unfortunately, the religious groups weren’t content to let LGBT people have equal rights – who would they hate for no reason? So, in November of 2008, a new piece of leglislation found its way onto the statute books, Proposition 8.
In response, many many LGBT movements sprung up, and rightly so – opposing hatred is the only answer! Proposition 8 got dubbed Proposition H8, and emerged a photographer, in a partnership himself, who styled a type of photographic protest that has gone viral around the internet, called NoH8. The photos are of people, both everyday and celebrity, with duct tape over their mouths, to symbolise their voices being silenced by Proposition 8 and similar legislation around the world, and with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
It’s an incredibly simple and effective protest; it is instantly recognisable, and although it originated as a protest against Proposition 8, the message of No-Hate (NOH8) applies worldwide to all sorts of countries, laws, regimes. Yet, I hadn’t seen any from any Northern Irish guys, such as the GLYNI members and Cara-Friend volunteers. So, I’d offered anyone who’d like me to take a NOH8 picture for them and edit it, so that I could compile, for GLYNI, and myself, a set of our local faces to add to the NOH8 global movement.
What followed was a set of 80 images, some good, some bad, some great, but all unique, and all expressing perfectly the feelings and emotions that the NoH8 campaign was attempting to accomplish. My pick-of-the-crop images are below in a gallery, which opens larger versions when you click. The original unaltered images are available on request, and although the images are stamped, I don’t intend to profess anything by that other than please don’t rip off my photos and use them on some website / display without permission, I’ll give it!
To see all 80 of the photos that I took, use this link to my Google Album!