Two New York Reps Say ‘NOH8’

Nydia Velázquez (photo:

Veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel joined his New York colleague Nydia Velázquez and twenty-four other members of the U.S. House today to speak out against homophobia worldwide, and for gay marriage legislation, of course.

“I believe that hatred of any kind has no place in America. I’m proud to participate in a campaign that promotes the progress that our country has made over the past few years with regard to the rights of the LGBT community,” Mr. Rangel said in a press release announcing his participation. “This is a wonderful way to support their struggle for equality and to discourage discrimination based on who people love.”

For her part, Ms. Velázquez stated, “This is a very important issue for America and is a collaboration that is conducive to make our nation a more perfect union. It is a great day when there are efforts to promote peace, togetherness and respect and dignity for all human beings.”

The project in question is a series of stylish silent photos of subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by California’s Proposition 8, which restricted marriage between a man and a woman in 2008.

View all of the photos here, and Mr. Rangel’s photo below:

Two New York Reps Say ‘NOH8’