On Feb. 15 Adam Bouska, Jeff Parshley, and I [Laurence Watts] were in Washington, D.C. for “NOH8 on the Hill,” the exclusive NOH8 photo session we set up especially for members of Congress. We thought we might be able to persuade a couple of Congressmen to take part. This is an election year, after all. What actually happened exceeded our wildest expectations.
By the end of the day, 10 members of Congress had posed for NOH8 portraits. Ten! [via Huffington Post]
I’d like to point out that there are 535 members of Congress if you include the Senate. Five hundred thirty five. And only ten of them thought that it was important to be counted as being against bigotry and hate. It goes without saying that there were no Republicans among those ten, there were no Senators (although it isn’t clear that they were asked) and one of the ten isn’t even allowed to cast a “real” vote because she represents the disenfranchised District of Columbia.
This exceeded wildest expectations? I think that this shows how wildly low expectations of simple humanity have fallen in today’s political environment. Adam, Jeff and Laurence may be happy, but I am frankly disgusted and apalled.
For the record, the members of Congress who took part are:
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
- Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif.)
- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)
- Congressman Bill Keating (D-Mass.)
- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)
- Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
- Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo.)
- Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.)
- Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.)
- Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)
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