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Mike Chabala Poses for NOH8

October 25, 2010

The NOH8 Campaign is one of today’s most recognized photographic silent protests on same-sex marriage bans, specifically California Proposition [Prop 8].  People from all walks of life have been photographed as a sign of their support of the protest against Prop 8. With more than 5,500 photos, the campaign has included many actors, musicians, and professional athletes.

Mike Chabala, from Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo, is now one of the newest additions to the NOH8 Campaign’s roster of athlete supporters. Appearing live on Fox 26 Morning News with campaign founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, the 26-year-old defender said, “It’s quite an honor when I got offered to do this. It’s not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. Simply enough, it’s a human rights issue.”

Chabala stressed the importance of discussing Prop 8 in Texas, which is perceived as a conservative state. “Being here in Texas and to be involved with [Bouska and Parshley] to spread the cause on such a great campaign and issue, it’s pretty important for me. So, I’m happy to be here,” he said.

Bouska and Parshley travel the U.S. to take photographs for the campaign, which are then posted on the NOH8 website. By using duct tape over models’ mouths, to symbolize those who are forced into silence by Prop 8, and with “NOH8” painted on models’ cheeks, the pair have created simple but strong photos with a powerful message.

[Fox Houston]

– N.E.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. jenn permalink
    October 26, 2010 1:58 am

    I hope that this the first of many MLS players to step out and participate in the NO8 Campaign. Its so simple to get involved in, but I think it creates more of an impact when its an athlete, politician, or celebrity.

  2. Nadine permalink
    October 26, 2010 6:57 am

    This is an amazing campaign. I decided to follow it on facebook right away.
    I love their photo shoots. I wanna take part in one. Do you guys have any idea if they even come to Europe?

    So glad not only musicians and actors are involved but also MLS player. Mike is a great role model. I hope more will follow.

    • ttentten permalink
      October 26, 2010 2:18 pm

      i don’t know if they come to europe! i doubt it, just because prop 8 is a really american thing. i’ll look up if maybe there’s a way to submit online?

      • Nadine permalink
        October 27, 2010 8:24 am

        yeah I kinda figured that. They should though since tons of people over here think its a great cause and help with the prop 8 thing. it’s still unbelievable to me how such a modern nation likke the USA are still so far behind on certain things.

        i looked too but i dont think you can submit your own stuff online becasue they want professional photos or something. maybe you can find something.

  3. Loezzy permalink
    October 26, 2010 10:41 am

    So many photos, wow! What a great campaign.
    And kudos to Chabala for participating.

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