Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Adam Bouska

Celebrity photographer, NOH8 Campaign Co-Founder, Activist

Adam Bouska's NOH8 Campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.

NOH8 is a photographic silent protest launched on February 1, 2009, by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (at right) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8 in California. Photos feature subjects against a white background 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.

On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Same sex Californians had been able to marry since mid-June, 2008, and the passage of Prop 8 reversed that decision. The legislation provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.

Three years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign (pronounced No Hate) has grown to over 20,000 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. Perhaps two of the most famous NOH8 models have been Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain (Arizona), and daughter Meghan McCain.

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.

Mr. Bouska's high profile photographic portraits of models and celebrities are recognized the world over. Can there be a gay man alive who has not seen Adam's photo of actor/model Marco Dapper? Worth another look:

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