The NoH8 Marriage Equality Campaign.

Abiola Abrams for the NoH8 Campaign

No H8 Gay Marriage Equality Campaign NYC. Why Straight People MUST Participate.
This week I was proud to participate in the No H8 gay rights campaign photo shoot in New York City. The artistic photo campaign is the brainchild of photographer Adam Bouska. The controversial campaign has been in the news lately because Meghan McCain and her mother Cindy McCain joined the pro-gay marriage fight although father and husband John McCain is publicly opposed.

In the same way that the black civil rights campaign in the 1950s and 1960s needed white people to participate, the gay civil rights campaign needs straight people on board as well. Civil rights for anyone is civil rights for everyone. This became especially real when protesters across from the shoot shouted hurtful things at the group in the name of religion. Nothing like being discriminated against or persecuted along with someone to make you feel their cause.

It seemed especially relevant for me to do the shoot in February for many reasons: Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, I’m Miss February in the NYC Sex Bloggers Calendar and the second Abiola’s Kiss & Tell Live at Madame X. 

I found out about the shoot at the last minute on a bitterly cold day from arts advocate Amos White V. I had several deadlines pending and none of my friends could accompany me but I still went. As someone who writes about sexuality, lifestyle, relationships and empowerment this shoot to me was just that important.

Among the people waiting on a long line on a February day to participate was a mother with her children, loving couples and best friends. Brava all! You can see my NoH8 Campaign Shoot Diary at the end of my recent Luvem Or Leave Em Advice Team Vlog. Also check out my NoH8 Campaign Flickr photo and video album. I’ll see my final No H8 Campaign by Adam Bouska photo in about a month.