Even though a federal judge declared California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional on August 16, that doesn’t give same-sex couples a green light to get married. “No one can get married until the whole thing is done…so nothing’s changed yet,” says Jeff Parshley, cofounder of NOH8, a popular photo campaign featuring everyone from passers-by to celebrities (Jane Lynch and Michael Emerson among them) in silent protest to Prop 8. The federal ruling has since gone to the court of appeals, and there’s a hold on same-sex marriages until a final decision is made—which could involve the Supreme Court. So Parshley and photographer / cofounder Adam Bouska plan to continue their campaign with open-call photo shoots across the country—including one tonight at the W Hotel in Seattle.
Wear white and join the hundreds of others who have already posed for NOH8. Everyone is welcome—just come between 4 and 7pm, and be prepared to make a $40 donation; group or couple photos require a $25 donation per person. Bouska will snap 5-10 shots of each person, and select photos will be posted on the NOH8 website. Parshley says they’ve already had 800 people RSVP for the event, which would make this the largest open photo shoot they’ve ever had.
Future events are planned for Washington, DC, on Sept 20; at Texas A&M on Oct 4; and at the W Chicago—City Center Hotel on Oct 11, which is also National Coming Out Day.
And now, to liven the mood: “Prop 8 — the Musical,” courtesy of Funny or Die.