The University of Northern Iowa was the first (or one of the first) NO H8 at My School event.
They had an open photo shoot done by UNI student photographers shooting in the style of Adam Bouska — who does the national NO H8 photos. They also had places to record an It Gets Better video.
What is the NO H8 campaign?
On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.
The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protestcreated 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.
Four years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to nearly 30,000 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 asFacebook and Twitter to spread the message of equality. Eventually the images will be compiled for a large-scale media campaign.
~ from the NO H8 website
I chose my pose in honor of the many people who use their hands to communicate in every sense of the word, through signing, through writing, through large gesticulations.