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PHOTOS: The 50 Most Powerful Celebrities To Pose For NOH8

noh8-posesThis week marks the fifth anniversary of the NOH8 campaign, and to celebrate the project’s raging success and wide reach over the years, co-founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley chatted with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts about the famous faces involved and the future of NOH8 in a post-Prop 8 country.

The project was conceived in 2009 as a silent protest in response to the passage of California’s Proposition 8, which amended the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. To date, more than 33,000 people have been photographed for the glossy photo series, including 119 members of Congress.

Though Proposition 8 has since been ruled unconstitutional (go us!), Bouska says the movement shows no signs of slowing down. “It initially started through something that was politically driven,” he said, “but it’s really turned into such a positive message…and we want to take this message and share it with the world and show that it’s possible to make change. Change is happening all over the world.”

Scroll down to check out some of our favorite (and most powerful) allies speaking volumes through silence. In no particular order:

1. Meghan and Cindy McCain, daughter and wife of Senator John McCain

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2. New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, first Senator to pose for NOH8

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3. Chad Michaels as Cher

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4. Ricky Martin

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5. Larry King

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6. Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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7. David Hasselhoff

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8. Kathy Griffin

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9. Jane Lynch

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10. Perez Hilton

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11. George Takei

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12. Courtney Love

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13. Tori Spelling & Co.

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14. Raven Symone

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15. Tatyana Ali

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16. fun.

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17. Ricki Lake

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18. Isaiah Washington

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19. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

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20. Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim Kardashian

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21. Nick Adams

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22. Tegan & Sara

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23. Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra

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24. James Van Der Beek

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25. Taye Diggs

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26. Vanessa Carlton

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27. Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman

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28. Eliza Dushku

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29. Lavar Burton

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30. Lindsay Lohan

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31. Paris Hilton

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32. Aaron Carter

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33. Gene Simmons

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34. Dave Navarro

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35. Slash

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 36. Darryl McDaniells

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37. Mel B.

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38. Lt. Dan Choi

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39. Fran Drescher

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40. Lance Bass

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41. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz

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42. Weird Al Yankovic
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43. Kimora Lee Simmons

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44. Leslie Jordan

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45. Andrea Bowen

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46. Jack Mackenroth

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47. Andy Cohen

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48. Dr. Drew

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49. Giuliana Rancic

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50. Scott Herman

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  • 29 Comments
    • Spike
      Spike

      What, what a powerful reminder as to what a pointless campaign this is/was.

      Seriously, powerful? The Kardashains? Lindsey Lohan . . . Paris Hilton? Kimora Lee Sims . . . Perez Hilton. More like the most self-absorbed talentless bunch of wannabes.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KDub
      KDub

      @Spike: It wasn’t completely pointless. It was a great PR move for all the celebs who wanted a public pat on the back.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      @KDub: Good point, scrolling thru the pics it’s apparent that for 95%, its ALL ABOUT THEM.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @KDub: And at the end of the day these ceremonies feed into the self flagellating propecy.

      Who the hell are the following people.

      ADAM BOUSKA, ANDREA BOWEN, DARRYL MCDANIELLS, DAVE NAVARRO, DR. DREW, DUANE CHAPMAN, FUN, GIULIANA RANCIC, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, ISAIAH WASHINGTON, JACK MACKENROTH, JAMES VAN DER BEEK, JEFF PARSHLEY, KIMORA LEE SIMMONS, MARTIN HEINRICH, SCOTT HERMAN, STENY HOYER, TATYANA ALI, TAYE DIGGS, TORI SPELLING, XAVIER BECERRA

      Also why in the fake crime of blasphemy of the fucks are the following people listed as “powerful”.

      AARON CARTER, COURTNEY LOVE, DAVID HASSELHOFF, GENE SIMMONS, KHLOE KARDASHIAN, KIM KARDASHIAN, LANCE BASS, PARIS HILTON, PEREZ HILTON

      It really doesn’t help our world when nearly 2/3 of people we are now describing as “powerful” won’t even be remembered as supporting our community when a hard drive for a PR company in Hollywood fails next year.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dixie Rect
      Dixie Rect

      I’m assuming this PR campaign is now over, right? Ricky Martin took it to a light bondage place too.

      Paris Hilton, that awful Perez and other various C, D and Z list celebs made this a complete joke.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daveliam
      Daveliam

      @2eo: While the choice of “powerful” is a ridiculous adjective to describe these people, some of the people you listed in the “who the hell are the following people” section are pretty well known.

      Dave Navarro, Dr. Drew, Fun, Giuliana Rancic, Isaiah Washington, James Van Der Beek, Kimora Lee Simmons, Taye Diggs, and Tori Spelling are all famous.

      Sure, they’re not A-listers, but they aren’t nobodies. A bunch of them are pretty well documented as supporting our community.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Homophile
      Homophile

      Yep, slap the hands that reach out to us. I don’t give a shit who these people are or why they did it, they’ve gone on record as supporting marriage equality, something no one would have done 10 years ago.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • elbertdijkgraaf
      elbertdijkgraaf

      Photoshop… photoshop everywhere (and especially the airbrush tool…).

      Can somebody also explain the point of this campaign? I only see (terrible) pictures of some ‘celebs’. To be honest, it all seems a bit pointless to me, but hey; whatever makes them feel good about themselves.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QuintoLover
      QuintoLover

      @2eo: You don’t know fun.? Get out.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70
      hotshot70

      Hell, I made my own version and it looks better than some of these offical ones. I used Rainbow tape and added the “NOH8″ with computer. I’m gonna start making my own with everyday people.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotshot70
      hotshot70

      some of these “celebs” should never remove that tape from their mouths

      Dec 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      @Homophile: Thank you for proving what a pointless and mindless campaign this is/was.

      No on H8 had nothing to do with marriage equality. It was an anti-bullying campaign. Turns out a sticker, duct tape, high paid stylist, hair and make-up, doesn’t guarantee that ANYONE will get the intended message.

      Dec 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dougmc92
      dougmc92

      save the best pic for last ;)

      Dec 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • queertyreader
      queertyreader

      WTF is Isaiah Washington doing there? He got fired from GREY’S ANATOMY for homophobic slurs. He should not be given the opportunity for promotion and rehabitate his reputation by taking part in such a campaign.
      I guess you could say he has learnt from his mistake and now he supports LGBT-rights but I say: People who use the f-word have it linked deep in their system and they will NEVER honestly be for full equality.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 12:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zoompietro
      zoompietro

      Love the photo of Levar Burton as Geordi La Forge.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 12:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stanhope
      stanhope

      Preach my brother!

      Dec 19, 2013 at 2:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      @Spike: Turns out a sticker, duct tape, high paid stylist, hair and make-up, doesn’t guarantee that ANYONE will get the intended message.
      Yes we will always have bullies,but the campaign is not totally pointless…Bullying can take many forms and Queertys comments section is a perfect example of such.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 4:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anna D. Croom
      Anna D. Croom

      Kayla got a nice year old Mercedes S-Class S63 AMG just by some parttime working online with a macbook… go to this web-site>>> http://bit.do/fxo7

      Dec 19, 2013 at 8:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      They have Chad Michaels and Perez Hilton listed as more powerful than the Democratic Whip?!

      Who the hell put this list in order????

      That being said, isn’t it interesting that a protest against Prop8 8 In Ca. stays around when it is making it’s founders a tidy profit.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 9:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      @Cam: The same people who compile the best of list and all other such lists.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 10:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @AuntieChrist:

      Who knew that a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag race apparently is more powerful than the minority whip of the House of Representatives. Glad they told us. ;)

      Dec 19, 2013 at 10:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      @AuntieChrist: When everyone presents themselves here in an anonymous forum anonymously, any suggestion that bullying is going on is just plain silly. It’s called trolling and anytime you don’t want to be involved you can choose not to participate in the comments.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall
      Niall

      Bleh. Nice gesture though

      Dec 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      @Spike: K…Thanks.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @Spike: People generally get their panties in a bunch when they try and have a dig then get annoyed when they get digged at back.

      The people who throw hissy fits over words on the internet exist solely to be exploited anyway.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • exgaysurvivordan
      exgaysurvivordan

      Prop 8 is gone, why are we still talking about NOH8?

      Dec 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      @exgaysurvivordan: So I guess H8 is gone along with Prop 8…Thank the goddess, strike up the band and abolish this useless organization and all others like it.

      Dec 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kathy T. Williams
      Kathy T. Williams

      like Steven replied I’m amazed that people able to get paid $6571 in a few weeks on the internet. check this link right here now,… http://bit.do/fCKD

      Dec 20, 2013 at 8:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cmhbuck
      cmhbuck

      Feels like My Life on the D List.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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