“I’m proud to participate in this extraordinary campaign, to make this statement of protest against the treatment of LGBT Americans as second-class citizens…. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Marin County, the home base for Gay U.S.A. the Movie.
Members of Congress, from the US Senate and House of Representatives were invited to show their support for the LGBT community and take a stand against bullying and discrimination through a recent invitation . This unique initiative was geared toward engaging more elected officials and encouraging them to participate in the cause, communicating their advocacy of equal human rights to their constituents.
Ten members of congress participated in the NOH8 ON THE HILL photo shoot; all of them being Democrats from the House of Representatives, including a Delegate to Congress from the District of Columbia. Representatives from Ohio, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, and Colorado took a few minutes away from the floor to pose for their NOH8 photo – making it known where they stand on equality.
“I’m proud to participate in this extraordinary campaign, to make this statement of protest against the treatment of LGBT Americans as second-class citizens. I believe this is the defining civil rights struggle of our time — where you stand today on marriage equality will determine how you are judged by history. What’s at stake is the human dignity of LGBT people. To deny equal rights and freedoms based on sexual orientation does violence to American values.” – Rep. Lynn Woolsey
“Equality before the law is an American value articulated in our Constitution and it’s at the heart of the NOH8 Campaign. With a focus on our nation’s value of freedom and an unflagging insistence on equality for all, we can look forward to a time when equal rights for all is a given.” – Rep. Jared Polis
“NOH8 because we are a country of equality and inclusion, not hate and segregation. NOH8 because the state should not dictate love or marriage. I proudly join with the NOH8 campaign to stand up for marriage equality and oppose laws that suppress it.” – Rep. Jackie Speier
“Our nation was founded upon the principle of equality. It is imperative that we work for equal rights for all in order to make that principle a reality. Love isn’t gay or straight, tall or short, black or white, it is for everyone,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio’s 10th District. Each and every member of Congress who participated also included a statement to be paired with their NOH8 portrait about why they posed.
Rep. Niki Tsongas (Massachusetts’ 5th District), Rep. Barbara Lee (California’s 9th District), and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia at-large). Rep. William Keating (Massachusetts’ 10th District), Rep. Judy Chu (California’s 32nd District), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Oregon’s 3rd District).Photos: Rep. Pictured here are – Lynn Woolsey (California’s 6th District) (above) , Rep. Jared Polis (Colorado’s 2nd District), and Rep. Jackie Speier (California’s 12th District).
Message from GAY U.S.A. the Movie and Blog..
If you do not see your representative amongst the ten, then urge them to participate in the NO8 Campaign and to show their support for equality and while you are doing it, ask them what they have done to forward the repeal of DOMA lately?
Tell them your story and if your Representative happens to be a Republican, please see this as an opportunity to introduce yourself and your family; make the approach and tell them your story. It is only through individual stories of inequality and the reminder of our factual existence, whether it pertains to jobs or family, that we will finally attain the freedom and the right to happiness that full equality provides!
By Melanie Nathan
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