The national NOH8 Campaign, which calls itself a "photographic silent protest" advocating equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, held its first Kentucky photo shoot on Tuesday at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown Hotel.
The project was conceived in 2008 after California voters approved Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage. Portraits taken as part of the campaign feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Proposition 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.
More than 20,000 people have been photographed for the campaign so far. The Lexington photo shoot, which was open to the public, was organized with the help of Lexington Fairness, according to Noh8campaign.com.