NOH8's first Vancouver shoot, with Real Housewives of Vancouver's Mary Zilba and Reiko Mackenzie
They came in white T-shirts and had their mouths duct-taped and words branded on their cheeks.
No, it's not a new kind of club for kink.
The NOH8 campaign crossed the 49th parallel to hold its first photo shoot in Vancouver at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. (The first Canadian NOH8 photo shoot was held in Montreal.)
The campaign is a silent visual protest against Proposition 8, legislation that banned gay marriage in California. The duct tape symbolizes having voices silenced but the NOH8 (temporarily tattooed on the cheek) sends a message of protest.
Cofounder Jeff Parshley explained why they brought the campaign to Vancouver and why Canadians should get involved, even though gay marriage is legal in here.
Celebrities from Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch to Steve-O and Lance Bass have gotten their pics taken. But there have been a few surprises along the way, like Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. senator John McCain.
"We weren't really expecting Cindy McCain to do a photo," Parshley said. "She was just in the studio for another project that [NOH8 cofounder and photographer] Adam [Bouska] was working…on, and she saw some of the NOH8 photos on the wall, and she asked to get involved. At the time, we realized that Cindy McCain has supported equality for quite a while, but not just a lot of people knew about it. So we're glad that she used the NOH8 campaign as the outlet to speak out, and we're glad that we could help her get her voice out there so that everybody knows she's a supporter of equality."
Parshley says they put a poll on Facebook or Twitter to see where people think the campaign should go next, and that they are open to travelling anywhere. They will go wherever people will support them, and they hope that more people become involved.
"We feel like anybody who supports equality should speak out because somebody might not know that somebody close to them is either affected or a supporter. So the more people that speak out, the more connections we're making."
Two local celebrity supporters of the campaign from the Real Housewives of Vancouver attended the Vancouver shoot.
Mary Zilba posed with fans, brought along her dog George (as seen on the show), and participated in a shoot with her family.
Reiko Mackenzie also participated in a photo shoot with her family. But a certain someone was rather reticent about the whole deal.
And of course, Reiko brought along additional members of her extended family: her sports cars. In fact, one of them got in on the act by getting a NOH8 logo attached to it as well. (See photos below.)