Don’t Forget to Mark Your Calendars!

Isms represent philosophical, political or moral belief systems.  Adding ism to a word usually colors it negatively, just like phobia.  Homophobia is a hidden prejudice that can go hand in hand with other discriminations, such as racism and sexism.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder.  It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger.  Exactly what the definition says, no actual danger.  Homophobia is the hatred or fear of homosexuals.  It encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality.  So what exactly is being done to stop this hatred?

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 17! It is International Day against homophobia and transphobia.  Many campaigns including the NOH8 Campaign, has united many celebrity figures to stand up and create awareness-raising efforts against inequalities.  “The NoH8 Campaign is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest” (noh8campaign.com).  On November 4, 2008 Prop 8 was passed in California, banning same-sex marriage.  This devastating news presented a huge uprising of many political and protest organizations, who wanted to stand up and protest for what they believed in.  Adam Bouska is a celebrity photographer who created the NOH8 Campaign, which is a photographic silent protest.  After four successful years, this campaign has grown to 30,000 faces and numbers are still sky rocketing till this day. The photos feature individuals with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8.  “NOH8” is also portrayed on their face and body to signify the fight against hatred and discrimination.  The campaign began with portraits of the ordinary people from California to politicians, artists, celebrities and many more.  With the help of big names across the campaign people have found it more intriguing to become part of, including donating, supporting and getting involved in their communities.  The NOH8 Campaign is national, appearing on television and different public forums all over the world.  Join the NOH8 Campaign today against discrimination on a global level and be heard today!

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