January 6th, 2011
In the early 90’s a simple red ribbon, folded and pinned, was introduced as a symbol of concern and awareness for HIV/AIDS. In a short time the image was picked up by Hollywood and other celebrities as a way to identify with the cause without having to make speeches, a silent statement that could be present while receiving awards or gossiping with a tabloid reporter. And it has served as a powerful reminder since that time, visible from churches to hospices to testing centers and present on lapels of liberal activists and the portico of a Republican White House.
Few images so readily identify a specific message, but a new one does seem to be developing. After Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriage in California, celebrity photographer Adam Bouska took a picture of himself with his mouth covered by masking tape with the letters NO H8 printed in black and red. Soon others wanted their picture taken with this imagery and a symbol was born.
NOH8, an image that stands for gay equality, marriage equality in particular, has picked up a number of supporters, expected and surprising. Musicians and actors, sports personalities and cultural trendsetters, and perhaps most surprisingly Cindy McCain, the wife of failed Republican presidential candidate John McCain. But while NO H8 is readily recognized within the gay community, it had not crossed the divide to immediate public recognition.
Until this week. Last night Pauley Perrette, star of NCIS, took the image to the People’s Choice Awards, front and center. Literally. (stylebistro)
On the red carpet at the 2011 award show, Pauley stepped out in a corseted, asymmetric wedding gown emblazoned with a familiar logo: NOH8, the emblem of the LA-based NOH8 Campaign that works to bring celebrity support of marriage equality into the public eye.
When asked about the PC look, the 41-year-old actress, who incidentally married boyfriend Michael Bosman last Valentine’s Day, said she had the idea and immediately phone her stylist, Teri King. She paired the thought-provoking gown with her signature bangs, a bright red pucker and, as she said, her heart on her sleeve. Props, Pauley! You officially rock.
Although NCIS did not win Favorite TV Crime Drama, Pauley’s stance has, I’m sure, led the way for significantly more prominent visibility of this image in the future. I doubt many more dresses will take such a visible interpretation, but NO H8 will likely soon be assured a comfortable lapel home on many a talk show or interview.
In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.
When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.
In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.
On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.
Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.
Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.
The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.