April 2014

UCB participate in the international NOH8 campaign

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UCB have been participating in the NOH8 campaign – an international movement that promotes marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. 

UCB’s Guild of Students, along with a sizable group of volunteers, has been helping to raise the profile of the protest against Proposition 8 that was passed in California in 2008, which amended the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. It is an international campaign that has been backed by many famous faces, such as Kim Kardashian, Pete Wentz from Fallout Boy, Mel B, the cast of Glee, Slash, and Gene Simmons, and has grown to nearly 33,000 faces since its beginning. 

The noticeable features of this campaign, as people may have already seen, are people having their photographs taken with the NOH8 logo painted on one side of their face and with duct tape over their mouths to symbolise that the protest is silent. Instead, photographs are taken and added to the NOH8 site, where people show their support through their images.

Jack Burgess, UCB’s LGBT officer, said “The NOH8 campaign at UCB will support and promote equality within the university, demonstrating that regardless of your gender, sexuality and race everyone is equal and have the right to express themselves. As LGBT officer for UCB’s Guild of Students I believe it is essential to promote an environment where everyone is accepted for who they are, giving students an environment where they can be accepted without discrimination.” 

For more information, please visit www.noh8campaign.com

The university is delighted that the Guild has become an influential partner in the international NOH8 campaign. Our institution is committed to gender equality for all members of the UCB community and we work closely with the Guild to ensure all voices within the student body are respected. We hope this new campaign will continue to build on the good work that has been achieved so far in promoting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues and rights.

Professor Ray Linforth Vice-Chancellor and Principal

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