Today's post is dedicated to the memory of Sophie Lancaster who would have turned 24 today had her life not been cut tragically short due to the hatred and intolerance of ignorant people. Sophie died on August 24 2007, 2 weeks after being brutally beaten by a group of youths in the UK while she was walking through a park at night with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend and her were targeted because they were part of the goth subculture and Sophie was attacked as she tried to stop the attack on her boyfriend.
Intolerance is a word used a lot in reference to things that people can't change about themselves such as their sexuality, race or gender but Sophie's story really makes you think about the intolerance surrounding those aspects people choose to define themselves by. The fact that someone chooses rather than are forced to represent themselves as a goth or a punk or an emo should not alter the fact that they have a right to live their live's free from the prejudices and ignorance of others.
Sophie's family has set up a foundation in her honour called S.O.P.H.I.E. which stands for Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere. Its guiding principle is so important in a time where we should all be free to express our individuality without fear of retribution. I really hope you go and check out the site and donate if you can. All proceeds go towards educating youth about intolerance to sub cultures and to try and change the laws relating to hate crimes.
Here is the link to the website
You can donate on the site or you can go to the Illamasqua site and donate there. Illamasqua are a brand known for their unique take on makeup and their embracing of the alternative scene and the people that inhabit it. They commissioned a video to be made in Sophie's honour which can be viewed below. They're also donating 3 pounds from every black mediumn pencil sold to the S.O.P.H.I.E. foundation. It's a great way to purchase makeup that makes a difference.
Here's the link to the Illamasqua site:
I could have done this post on the the anniversary of her death but I think people should be remembered for the life they lived especially when it's a life that has changed so many after it. RIP Sophie.