Proudly gay: Wrestler Darren Young (Pic: Adam Bouska)
A host of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestlers have shown their support for LGBT equality by posing for the NOH8 Campaign.
WWE Superstar, Darren Young, (real name Fred Rosser), who came out as gay in August last year, said that he was “so honoured to be a part of the WWE NOH8 Campaign.”
He added that, “The most important thing is to be able to live your life the way you want to, truthfully. NOH8 makes that possible.”
Young has worn NOH8 gear during several broadcasts and company videos, including an appearance at Wrestlemania!
“I love wearing my NOH8 hoodie everywhere I go and I love wearing it to the ring, because it sends a positive message to everyone to show tolerance and acceptance for the LGBT community.”
WWE Superstar Tyson Kidd (Pic: Adam Bouska)
Young’s been joined by WWE world heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, the WWE Divas and other stars including Titus O’Neil, Tyson Kidd, Jack Swagger and Xavier Woods in posing for the NOH8 campaign.
“Our mission at WWE is to put smiles on people’s faces and we do that, in part, by participating in initiatives that help fight bullying of all kinds,” said Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE. “We are proud to support the LBGT community by taking part in the WWE NOH8 Campaign.”
The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created in 2008 by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in response to the passage of the Proposition 8 law that banned same-sex marriage in the state of California. The focus has since expanded to encompass LGBT discrimination and bullying of all kinds.
The campaign’s photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolising their voices being silenced, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.