NOH8 Campaign hosts open shoot at W Scottsdale March 20

(Photo courtesy of Adam Bouska)

(Photo courtesy of Adam Bouska)

The NOH8 Campaign returns to Scottsdale to hold an open photo shoot on Friday, March 20, at the W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road.

Celebrity photographer, Adam Bouska, and his partner Jeff Parshley co-founded the organization, seven years ago, as a silent protest against California passing Proposition 8. The former bill banned same-sex marriage under California rule.

NOH8 is known for portraits of subjects dressed in white and sporting duck tape and the NOH8 logo on one cheek.

In the beginning, the duck tape represented those opposing Prop 8 being silenced by the ruling in California, as well as anywhere in the world that shared a similar decision.

Mr. Bouska is the sole photographer for NOH8. In 2008, he shot nine portraits for the organization. Within four years, the number of portraits taken grew to pass 30,000.

Although NOH8 began as an organization fighting for marriage equality for the LGBTQ community, the organization has spread its message to stop bullying and spread equality within all communities.

Besides photo shoots, the NOH8 campaign also hosts and attends events at churches, schools, conferences, and more, in order to maintain the strong relationship within communities around the world. NOH8 also has a large social media presence, with more than 1.2 million likes on Facebook alone.

According to the Facebook event for the Scottsdale open shoot, more than 4,000 people are expected to attend. There are no official reservations for the open shoot, but as long as guests line up within the allotted time for the shoot, they will be accommodated.

The photo shoot will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The shoot will be $40 for individuals and $25 per person for couple or group shoots.

Editor’s note: Ms. Maniga is a journalism student at Arizona State University

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