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Brendon Ayanbadejo Joins NOH8 Campaign

Posted on: September 16, 2013

More and more celebrities and sports stars are joining the NOH8 Campaign, originally created by Adam Bouska, as a response to California’s Proposition 8.  This time it is former Superbowl star, Brendon Ayanbadejo, posing in his skivvies in support of marriage equality.

Brendon Ayanbadejo NOH8

Brendon Ayanbadejo recently joined Adam Bouska’s NOH8 Campaign.
Image: NOH8

He is currently working as a special guest editor of The Washington Blade’s sports section and has been a longtime advocate of the LGBT movement.  In 2009, he wrote a Huffington Post blog titled “Same-Sex Marriages: What’s the Big Deal?”

The posting of his photo went online recently with the caption: “A real man supports equality.”  The photo did draw some criticism from the blogosphere.  Many thought the photo looked “whitewashed” and others said the overt sexuality of the photo was offensive to gay people.  However, others were pleased a straight man came out to support same-sex marriage.

Some other celebrities who, in the past, have participated in the NOH8 campaign include Kim Kardashian, Lance Bass, Tori Spelling, Kathy Griffin, Gene Simmons and David Hasselhoff, to name a few of the 32,000 (and counting) displayed on the website.

The fact that more celebrities and sports stars are supporting marriage equality shows how far the issue has come.  More than 50 percent of people are now in favor with the younger generation being more in favor than older people.  They are growing up seeing more positive messages around the idea.  The more the media perpetuates positive gay role models, activism and equal rights for all, the more young voters feel the issue is worth pursuing.

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