Last November America voted in its new president. Barack Obama became the President-elect, and half of the world tuned in to see the new beginning; the one in which we were all going to start working hard towards making it a better place, now the opportunity was there. On the same day, Proposition 8 was passed in California, only months after it had been overturned, allowing same sex couples the statewide right to get married. Protests ensued. To be given something and then having it taken away, something that should be as natural as breathing, is heartbreaking.

This isn’t new, nor is it anywhere near over. So many of us are willing to fight for equal rights across every spectrum of human existence. No matter your race, your sexuality, your creed, your gender, your age; marriage should be universal, and there are a lot of us through both RL and SL, that won’t ever stop until it is.

I don’t live in California, or even in the states, but Proposition 8 is still very much real, and because I can’t fly in to protest, the opportunity to do it through a social median such as Second Life wasn’t a chance I was going to give up. When Clear found out about this project, headed by Trace Osterham and Kristen Pick, we had to do it.



“On November 4th, 2008 Proposition 8 passed, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

In the wake of the defeat, there has been a groundswell of initiative from within the community at grassroots level. Seizing this opportunity, new political and protest organizatitions are forming almost daily. The NOH8 Campaign is a photo project & silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct reponse to the passage of Proposition 8.

The campaign started with portraits of everyday Californians who support Marriage Equality and soon rose to celebrities, military personnel, brothers & sisters, law enforcement, lesbian mothers, directors, politicians, newlyweds, and more, Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices not being heard and NOH8 painted on one cheek in protest. “

(from the NO H8 campaign website,

As residents of SL and as individual human beings, we have the right to a voice. The NO H8 campaign in SL is a way for us to say “Hey, we want our voices to be heard.” Please pass the word on, and anyone who is interested should contact Trace Osterham for a photo session.


June 14, 2009. Tags: , , , . Causes.

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