Megan and I have followed the work of photographer Adam Bouska ever since he and his partner Jeff Parshley founded the NOH8 Campaign in 2009.
We've spoken passionately about efforts for LGBTQ equality throughout our lives, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in an official NOH8 photo shoot in May 2011. My seminary friends will likely remember our portrait hanging in the living room of my seminary apartment (alongside the NOH8 portraits of Jane Lynch and Pauley Perrette, naturally).
But that beloved photo display pales in comparison to our newest NOH8 portrait, which we did last week. It was such a joy for Layton to join us in this simple form of advocacy, and to share this fun, moving, and important experience with him.
He enjoyed watching the photographer stage the photos of groups who were ahead of us in line. He remained remarkably calm as a kind-hearted volunteer gently applied the temporary tattoo to his cheek. And when the Remaley family photoshoot began, he knew just what to do and just where to look! I blame that on the fact that, as a first time dad, I take approximately 4,000 photos of him a day.
Look closely at the duct tape covering my mouth, and you'll see my mouth is wide open. If you hadn't already guessed it, it's because I was smiling from ear to ear... beaming with pride at my beloved child, and filled with joy for the gift of Grace I experience each day in sharing this life's journey with Megan and Layton.
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