U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) celebrated National Coming Out Day and reaffirmed his support for LGBT equal rights Thursday by announcing his participation in the NOH8 Campaign and sharing the image he took in solidarity with LGBT people.
The NOH8 Campaign is a visual protest that promotes LGBT equality through education, awareness and advocacy.
“I’ve always been a strong supporter of marriage equality for all, so I consider it an honor and a responsibility to draw attention to this cause through unique opportunities like the NOH8 Campaign,” said Quigley. “I’m proud to reaffirm my support to the LGBT community on National Coming Out Day and promise to continue working to make America truly a place of liberty and justice for all.”
Quigley is joined by 25 other congressmen and congresswomen as well as over 100 staffers, including longtime LGBT ally Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois).
The NOH8 Campaign was started by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley in protest of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. The photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths to symbolize how LGBT voices are silenced all over the world due to anti-gay laws and measures. So far, they’ve taken over 20,000 photos for the campaign.
Quigley is a member of the Congressional Equality Caucus and recently called on the Food and Drug Administration to rethink its ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. He has also offered legislation that would expand the Violence Against Women Act to be more LGBT-inclusive, as well as a federal bill that would allow same-sex marriage.