Monday, 11 August 2014

Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere - The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

A big part of living a Kawaii life is reflecting on the outside what you feel on the inside - but 7 years ago today a young woman named Sophie Lancaster, and her boyfriend Robert Maltby, were brutally attacked for daring to show their true selves to the world.

Both were hospitalised and put into comas, Robert has been left with brain damage and Sophie, sadly, died as a result of the injuries caused by the unprovoked attack simply because they belonged to the Goth subculture.

Think about that for a moment. Sophie and Robert were attacked, with Sophie being killed, for daring to be different. 

If this can happen to a goth, a punk or a rocker, it can happen to a Lolita, or someone wearing Decora-style, or dressing in Visual Kei fashion. It can happen to any of us that embrace who we truly are and dare to reflect that on the outside.

Sophie's family set up the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in 2009.  As it says on the Foundation's website, the aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:
  • To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
  • To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
  • To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures or Lifestyle and Dress.
Greater Manchester Police in the UK have, since April 2013, officially recorded offences committed against goths and other alternative groups, as hate crimes, as they do with offences aimed at someone's race, disability or sexual orientation.

The Foundation sells wristbands to help raise funds and raise awareness of this issue.  The S.O.P.H.I.E. wristbands stand for 'Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere' and Mr and I wear them with pride:

If you can support the Foundation please do!

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