Antonio Villaraigosa is the latest to the join the gay equality campaign of silent photographic protests that includes singer Debbie Gibson and daughter of 2008 presidential nominee Megan McCain
Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has taken another step in raising awareness for LGBT equality, by joining the national NOH8 campaign.
‘If we truly believe in family values, we should value all families,’ Villaraigosa said in a statement for NOH8.
The campaign consists of photographic silent protests from hundreds of supporters including gay icons Lance Bass, Adam Lambert and Kathy Griffin.
‘I have supported marriage equality since 1994, opposed and fought Proposition 8, and I am proud to serve as Chair of the first national convention – Democrat or Republican- to adopt marriage equality as part of the party platform.’
In March, Villaraigosa called for marriage equality to be included in the convention’s official platform.
Other Los Angeles City officials who joined Villaraigosa in having their portrait taken with duct tape over their mouths and ‘NOH8’ written on their face include City Clerk June Lagmay, who married her partner in 2008 during the short period when marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples.
The NOH8 campaign is a charitable organization who mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media and visual protest.