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How can I support Goth or alternative lifestyle businesses?

How can I support Goth or alternative lifestyle businesses?

The Four Ss

With the four Ss we can make our dreams a reality:

  • Support Tattoos and Piercings at Work (STAPAW): STAPAW can make sure the fashion-oriented are legally protected.
  • The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.): S.O.P.H.I.E. can work on eradicating hate crimes against the fashion-oriented.
  • The Silver Ribbon Coalition : The Silver Ribbon Coalition will help those who need help getting back on their feet so they can fight. It’s possible but would be harder to fight if you’re dealing with depression, abuse, addiction, etc.
  • Stickers: So we can show the world we’re here without having to risk our being seen in case it would put a bill-paying job at risk.

*The first three are non-profits. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is the only one outside of the united States of America (intentional lowercase).

What Are Other Ways I Can Help?

  • Add your business to Lavoce’s Directory so people can find you.
  • Avoid normcore.
    • Normcore is a unisex fashion trend characterized by average-looking clothing. The Gap and Kohl’s are examples of normcore.
  • Be proud of how you dress.
    • Put some effort into your presentation by preparing outfits the day before you wear them and reexamine your wardrobe annually.
  • Boycott Disney for forbidding tattoos in the workplace.
  • Buy wholesale or in bulk.
  • Celebrate Goth holidays.
    • Celebrate World Goth Day on May 22nd. Other Goth-only holidays are Bats Day on May 18th-20th right before World Goth Day, and Goths in Trees Day, which occurs simultaneously with Earth Day on April 20th
    • Celebrate Metal Month in March.
    • In America, the obvious ones are July 4th (to celebrate freedom), Valentine’s Day on February 14th (to celebrate romance), and Halloween on October 31st (for obvious reasons).
    • In the UK, there is Vampire Weekend (May 1st and October 31st)
    • In China, Qingming Festival is a Chinese festival known as Tomb Sweeping Day in English.
    • In Mexico, Dia de Muertos celebrates dead ancestors on November 1st.
    • Catholics around the world celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1st and All Souls’ Day on November 2nd.
    • Other names for death-related holidays are All Hallows, Solemnity of All Saints, Feast of All Saints, and Hallowmas.
    • In Korea, Black Day on April 14th celebrates single people.
    • Wiccans celebrate Samhain (Halloween), Yule (Christmas), Bridgid (Candlemas), Eostara (Easter), Beltane (May Day), Litha (Midsummer Night), Lammas (First Harvest), and Mabon (Thanksgiving).
  • Communicate with your politicians to change employment laws.
  • Create a Goth-friendly home.
    • Opt for dark and royal colors, Gothic arches, black paint, industrial furniture, and dark romantic design.
  • Take The Gothic Course at Manchester Metropolitan University
    • Encourage colleges like Leeds University to create Gothic history and literature courses.
  • Encourage local businesses to be more openminded.
    • Encourage food and investment businesses to be more Goth-friendly; those are areas not often covered by Goth businesses.
  • Encourage the media to portray us in a positive light
    • Support NCIS, Lost Girl, Charmed, Edward Scissorhands, The Crow, Interview with a Vampire, etc.
    • Boycott media that shows negative stereotypes of Goths, such as portrayals of Goths as psychopathic killers. Even things that seem as harmless as portraying a country western villain in a black hat does our cause harm.
    • Encourage black allies because they have greater insight into the negative portrayals of the color black.
  • Encourage Vampire Freaks to continue research with The State of the Goth/Industrial Community Report.
  • Give Goth gifts.
    • We understand that Goths and people in alternative lifestyles are in the minority, but it is easy to find slightly edgy, but useful gifts for everyone.
  • Join existing organizations or create one of your own.
  • Keep Goth catalogs and Web sites handy.
  • Make repeat purchases.
  • Nominate your favorite Goth businesses for inclusion in next year’s Lavoce’s Directory.
  • Save the bats with Bat Conservation International.
  • Travel to Goth-friendly countries, like the UK (the founding country of World Goth Day).
  • Use Lavoce’s Directory to find local Goth businesses.
  • Visit Lavoce’s website.

Work at companies that have a casual dress policy—organizations that are more casual and laidback tend to be more openminded.

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