NOH8 Campaign Launches “I Am Human” Gay Rights PSA

This week saw the closing arguments in the federal trial over California’s Proposition 8 be delivered. Judge Vaughn walker will now take time to write what will no doubt be a blockbuster legal opinion as to the constitutionality of the gay marriage ban, bringing to a close the first stage of a case that has garnered international media attention and provoked strong reactions on both sides.

In fact, after California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was enacted, celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley went as far as to set up the The NOH8 Campaign, a photographic project designed to protest the same-sex marriage ban and to allow people to show their support for gay rights at the same time. 

Notable subjects that have been photographed for the NOH8 campaign include Cindy McCain and Meghan McCain, wife and daughter of Senator John McCain, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal campaigner Lt. Dan Choi and recently Glee star Jane Lynch.

The campaign shows participants with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Proposition 8, and the phrase “NOH8″ written on their cheeks.

Since its launch, over 2000 people have been photographed and the project has taken on international significance. With that, the NOH8 campaign has also grown and taken on a more rounded message, not just protesting same-sex marriage bans but all anti-gay and homophobic activity while always focusing on a message of unity and advocacy.

Now, NOH8 has launched a new PSA called “I Am Human” in which subjects of varying ethnicities, national origins, faiths, shapes and sexualities have come together to encourage people to look beyond the differences that separates us and, like in other NOH8 campaigns, emphasize the importance of starting a dialog and being visible in advocating for equal rights.

From the NOH8 website:

No matter what language you speak or what country you live in, everybody everywhere speaks the universal language of love. We are all human, and we deserve to be treated equally.

In the PSA the cast, which includes Star Trek actor George Takei, state their reasons for wanting to take part in the NOH8 project and lend their voices, in nine different languages, to the cause. Take a look:

The cast includes Amber Rose (English), George Takei (Japanese), Kimberley Locke (English), Louis van Amstel (Dutch), Marlee Matlin (American Sign Language), Mayim Bialik (Hebrew), Selene Luna (Spanish), Vassy (Greek and French), and Vida Ghaffari (Farsi).

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Image taken from the NOH8 "I Am Human" campaign PSA, no infringement intended.


pam w.
pam w7 years ago

Where were they? Believing this damned thing would fail...that's where they were. Who knew the Mormon church would put BIG BUCKS into nasty ads and propaganda against it? Who knew conservative churches had so much hatred?

Let's put the "where were YOU" questions to bed and get going on a new effort to overturn this hate-filled law!

Peter C F.
Peter C Frank7 years ago

It's really a shame that it took the passage of Prop 8 to get our community's creative stars (and starlets) to come up with PSAs, commercials, adverts, and the like.

I fully support Adam & his NOH8 campaign but -- seriously folks -- where were they when these messages could have had greater effect -- where were they BEFORE the Prop 8 vote?

Dan(iel) M.
Dan(iel) M7 years ago

Enjoyed the video clips. I fully support equality for ALL. As well as this campain.We American's are so uptight about this topic. If two people can love and commit to each other, no matter their sex. SO BE IT !!!!!!!!!!

Philippa P.
Philippa P7 years ago

What people do in their bedrooms is none of our business. Personally, I find this obsession with peoples' sexuality to be quite perverted.

Arvin E.
Arvin E.7 years ago

Good Idea this love thing. Can't buy it, can't sell it, no black market for it, can't bottle it, no wonder they want to make it illegal !

Don't Worry Be Happy

Janice P.
Janice P7 years ago

Loved the video. When will the time come, that we will all realize that these are not two-headed people? They are not aliens from some remote reaches of outer space. These are our brothers and sister, our neighbors, and our friends. They deserve our respect. They deserve to be treated with dignity equal to everyone else.

I just have to wonder: Has George Takei's humanness changed since he declared his preferences? We must see him as a real human being, worthy of love, compassion, and respect, and not just a character from Star Trek. The same must be said for all GLBT members. They are not "characters". They are flesh and blood; they DO bleed when they are pierced, just as we all do.

Heather A.
Heather A7 years ago

Jose M. C. - Prop. 8 did NOT put marriage back where it belongs. What about churches, like mine, that are happy to marry same sex couples? If a church doesn't want to marry a same-sex couple it doesn't have to. But to base the legal definition of a marriage on the beliefs of select religious groups is an offense, both to gays and to churches that support their right to get married. There are many gays out there who are religious, and who would therefore prefer marriage to a civil union. You can't tell me Prop. 8 doesn't limit their right to practise their religion.

Lin C.
Linda C7 years ago

Ellen DeGeneris and Rosie O'Donnell are 2 of my favorite people. I respect them and any person who's "come out". I don't believe a person's sexual persuasion is anybody else's business and everyone should be treated equally and with dignity. My dog is named after a friend of my son's and she's gay. When she told all of us we laughed and told her we already knew and loved her anyway! Why do people insist on meddling in other people's personal lives - this is all a religious based discriminatory thing that the gov't. has no right to be involved in AT ALL. It's a church & state combination which is bullshit. There's nothing else behind it except the "Bible thumpers" and some of them are none to clean themselves (i.e. Catholic priest scandal)..........

pam w.
pam w7 years ago

Alice...that's BRILLIANT! Society wants to clump us all into the "heterosexual" end of the "string" of human sexuality. Lately, we're realizing that some of us belong at the "homosexual" end.

Meanwhile, my theory is that MANY of us belong somewhere in the middle....or, that it's a sliding, un-fixed point, depending on multiple factors.

Congratulations for being who you are and being able to LIVE as who you are! I imagine it's not been easy and I salute you.

Alice B.
Alice B7 years ago

pam w. - Religious is the excuse - fear is the motivator. Speaking as an out bi woman I can say that brainwashing with fear about sex in general and sexuality in particular is one of several completely INSANE characteristics of the 'human' race. Deepest of all is the fear of one's own emotional interior - fear of the unknown, fear of losing 'control, fear of becoming vulnerable within the public arena. FEAR LIKE THAT IS EMOTIONAL PARALYSIS. That's the fear that reigns within "the closet." We who are OUT know that it's not only non-out LGBTs who are "closeted" - it's also straights who are imprisoned within their fears of LGBTs.
I hope that the new anti-hate PSA campaign has a positive effect releasing LGBTs and straights alike from their "closets" of fear and emotional paralysis.