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'NO H8 at My School' and 'It Gets Better' campaigns to come to UNI

November 29, 2012

Darin Adams, student, UNI College of Social and Behavioral Sciences,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host one of the first campus-driven "NO H8 at My School" photo-shoots during a three-day event that aims to show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at UNI and throughout the nation. The UNI and Cedar Falls communities will have the opportunity to participate in the "NO H8 at My School" and the "It Gets Better" campaigns from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 5 and 6, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms. LGBT activist and Iowa native Zach Wahls will speak the day before these events, from 8 to 9 p.m., Dec. 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The "NO H8" campaign is a visual silent protest that aims to promote marriage, gender and human equality. Participants don a white shirt, have "NO H8" painted on their cheek and pose for a picture, which will be shared on social media and will be provided to the NO H8 Campaign. The "It Gets Better" project focuses on spreading messages of hope to the LGBT community by documenting stories and expressions of hope on video. Footage captured during the event will be edited together and posted to YouTube and also will be provided to the It Gets Better Campaign.

The events are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by several UNI and community organizations, including UNI's LGBT student organizations, UNI Proud and One Iowa, as well as UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and the dean of students office.

For more information, contact Darin Adams at