NOH8 campaign to make Atlanta stop

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The celebrated NOH8 campaign from photographer Adam Bouska is—finally—coming to Atlanta to add to its tally of more than 5,500 faces that have taped shut their mouths in support of marriage equality.

On Jan. 16, Bouska (top photo) will host a three-hour photo shoot at the W Atlanta Midtown that’s open to the public and will also include local LGBT activists. For $20, you can have your photo taken; groups are $40.

“I see this event as part of a long term process for me and for the greater Atlanta community to heal and to transform hate into love as part of the historic 25th anniversary celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday,” Josh Noblitt, one of the local organizers, says in a statement announcing the event. “I am thrilled to be a part of bringing the NOH8 campaign to Atlanta.”

Noblitt (second photo), a gay social justice minister at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, was pushed into the public spotlight in early July when he and a friend were robbed and assaulted at gunpoint in Piedmont Park. He later hosted a community picnic at the spot of the assault, spoke out about the incident during a public meeting with police commanders, and was invited by Mayor Kasim Reed to deliver the invocation as the mayor re-opened several recreation centers. Noblitt was also appointed to the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT advisory committee.

Noblitt is organizing the event with Carlton Mackey from the Emory Center for Ethics and Nikki Noto with V-Day, a group that works to end violence against women and girls.

Bouska launched the NOH8 Campaign in 2008 as a response to Proposition 8, a voter-approved measure in California that banned same-sex marriage. The campaign has since grown from its grassroots inception to include celebrities and garner widespread media attention.

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