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.