As support for the NOH8 Campaign spreads wide, solidarity spreads throughout the House of Blues at this year’s 3rd Annual Anniversary celebration in West Hollywood, CA. Heavy weight politicians and Hollywood's elite stood together against hate amidst hundreds of fans who came out in support of the NOH8 Campaign that began in 2008 by founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley.
The free event was kicked off by Mayor John Duran and Councilman John D’Amico declaring Dec. 13 "NOH8 Day" which fueled avid supporters with a message that gave inspiration and hope to a new generation of young adults against hate and equality for gay rights.
Many celebrities from the film and music industry made their way through the red carpet and paparazzi taking photos and showing their support by wearing NOH8 T-shirts, bracelets and tattooing their faces and bodies with the official NOH8 temporary tattoo.
The red carpet line-up included Hip Hop pioneer and founding member of Run-DMC Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, "NCIS" star Pauly Perrette and singer Leann Rimes. Other Celebrities on hand were reality TV star Tabatha Coffey “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover”, celebrity hair stylist Chaz Dean, “One Day At A Time” star Mackenzie Phillips, “Glee’s” Ashley Fink and actress Lea Thompson were just a few among the crowd of Hollywood celebrities.
In keeping true to the spirit and tradition of the NOH8 Campaign, each celebrity placed grey duct tape over their mouth and sported the NOH8 logo on their cheek while posing for the camera.
As each celebrity made their way down the red carpet, they autographed a Daisy Rock guitar and headed towards the center stage for their NOH8 photo shoot. The night was filled with live music, dancing, gourmet food and the walls were decorated with NOH8 portraits while red, black & white balloons filled the air.
Since 2008 the NOH8 Campaign was created as a symbolic movement, a photographic silent protest expressed by placing duct tape over ones mouth, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” on one cheek in protest to the ban on same sex marriage.
A protest that’s hardly silent, with now over 18,000 photos and counting, the NOH8 Campaign continues to grow and gain popularity with even a much bigger and more diverse group of supporters that once only consisted of everyday California people, now includes politicians, celebrities, artist, law enforcement and many more from around the world. For more information, upcoming events and photos visit www.noh8campaign.com