Musician Tommy Joe Ratliff is
participating in a new PSA for gay marriage.
Ratliff is the 29-year-old bass
guitarist for American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert.
Last year, Ratliff joined the NOH8
Campaign, which raises awareness and funds for gay rights causes,
including ending California's 2008 voter-approved gay marriage ban,
Proposition 8. Photographer-activist Adam Bouska and his partner
Jeff Parshley photograph celebrities and everyday folks with their
mouths duct taped and the campaign's familiar “NOH8” slogan often
written on one cheek.
Ratliff has returned for a second photo
shoot and will appear in an upcoming PSA for Freedom to Marry's Say,
I Do campaign, which
urges President Barack Obama to endorse marriage equality.
Also set to appear in the video is
77-year-old Larry King, the former host of CNN's Larry King Live.
Last week, the group released a photo of King
wearing a red tie and matching suspenders while holding an
old-fashioned radio microphone.
his new photo, Ratliff is wearing a white shirt and dark
eyeliner, and several oversized tattoos are visible.
In a video released by the group,
Ratliff is seen autographing his original NOH8 Campaign photo, which
is being auctioned off on Ebay. (The video is embedded in the
right panel of this page.)
Last week, Los Angeles Chivas USA
players Justin Braun and Michael Lahoud posed for the NOH8 Campaign
ahead of professional
soccer's first-ever Equality Night to benefit the Los Angeles Gay &
Lesbian Center on Saturday, July 23.