Has anyone in gay Fort Lauderdale viewed South Florida Gay News SFGN.Com Volume 1 Iss. 1? Â Pages 46 to 47 anyone? Well, take a looksie. Â It seems that yet again a gay rag has ceased to do their reporting.
The article follows 28-year-old Sharon Elizabeth, a “supporter of equal rights for the LGBT community.” Â The article talks about how Elizabeth’s mother came out to her as a lesbian while she was in high school, the struggle that came along with it and how Elizabeth is working to spread the word of equality through her mad photog skills.
In 2008, photographer Adam Bouska launched the NOH8 campaign. Â Now, let’s take a look at the article:
“Bouska’s website encourages others to submit their own photos and she [sharon] jumped at the chance to advance the campaign and use her skills for change. She recently conducted a photoshoot at the Port Saint Lucie Pride festivities and also schedules sessions upon request.”
Well, South Florida Gay News you should have done your homework. Â Clearly stated on the official noh8 website the question posted: “Can I host my own NOH8 shoot to show my support?” Â The answers states: “NO.”
The site reads:
Unless an event has been listed and announced on our website, it is NOT an official NOH8 Event and is not affiliated with us in any way.“Due to theÂ overwhelmingÂ amount of positive responses we’ve received from all over the country, the NOH8 Campaign is unfortunately no longer able to giveÂ permission to people to set up their own photo shoots and NOH8 events. We really appreciate all the support and seeing everyone wanting to get involved, but we’re simply at a point in our development where we have to try and retain some control over how our logo and name is being used and represented.
We’ve had a lot of confusion lately with people thinking other independent NOH8 shoots/events in different cities are affiliated or official in some capacity. Things become even more complicated once money and donations become involved.
People are, however, always welcome to put together a proposal that we can then bring to our board so that they can review it.Â You can e-mail your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: ATTN: NOH8 IN MY ST8 Proposal).
Until the board has reviewed your proposal and you have received a written response from them with their decision, you mayÂ NOTÂ proceed with any planning for your shoot whatsoever.
We can’t stress enough how much we appreciate all the support, and we definitely love to hear that you’re spreading the word of NOH8 in your area.”
Wilton Drive Online’s reporting clearly uncovered that the events Elizabeth conducted were not NOH8 approved.
Now, you can be apart of BE HEARD where NOH8 participants can submit their “statements and stories about why they felt it was important to get involved with the NOH8 Campaign and what their own participation meant to them.” Â You CANNOT, however, stage your own shoots and affiliate yourself with the NOH8 campaign.
My theory on this is that publications like Florida Agenda and SFGN don’t have real reporters working for them, they just have a bunch of dudes running around with pens and pads jotting stuff down whether it’s true or not. Â More to come on this story.