The family of Justin Aaberg has posed
for the NOH8 Campaign, which raises awareness and funds to end
Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.
The photo was released on Wednesday –
the day the teen would have celebrated his sixteenth birthday.
“Justin Aaberg, an accomplished
concert cellist as well as a composer, was one among the far too many
LGBT suicides last year at the hands of bullying,” the
group wrote in releasing the photograph. “Many of us never had
the chance to know Justin, but his memory and legacy live on through
the incredible work his family is doing on his behalf.”
The photo features Shawn and Andrew
standing behind Justin's mother Tammy, who is holding a photo of
Justin. Younger brother Anthony is seated next to his mother. All
four have their mouths duct taped and the campaign's familiar “NOH8”
slogan written on one cheek.
Tammy Aaberg said: “In Justin's
memory I know his birthday wish would be that no LGBT person would
have to hide who they are due to who they love and for everyone to
love who they are.”
“Please never consider suicide an
option, you are loved always remember that,” she added.