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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Celebrating World Goth Day SL style - Lacy Muircastle reporting ....


Second Life offers everyone the opportunity to be who or what they want to be, it also offers a place in which you can belong to any group you so choose without prejudice or discrimination, basically offering those who wish to be a little different a safe haven from the harsh realities of RL.


The World Goth Fair (WGF) launched in Second Life on Thursday May 15th, and will run through until Sunday June 1st, 2014. Some 80 merchants or more from across Second Life are participating in the fair, which is being held across three regions: Cursed (Adult), Sium (Moderate), and Port Seraphine (Moderate).


While showcasing some of the top designers in Second Life who supply the goth market, the primary aim of the event is to raise funds for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a UK-based charity that was founded in the wake of the brutal murder of Sophie Lancaster, a young woman who was killed for being a goth, Real Life not being as tolerant of those who want to be a bit different.....

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation defines its aims as being:
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”


As well as supporting the Foundation, the WGF is also officially sanctioned by the organisers of  World Goth Day, which this year will be marked on Thursday May 22nd.


 A message from the organisers to those attending:

 A note to the horrorgoths – guys, please bear in mind that this charity involves a woman who was beaten to death. So have some discretion in what you bring with you.  If you wouldn’t show it to her mother, don’t bring it. I mention this because every year someone wants to bring “bruised and battered” tattoos and makeup layers and every year I have to tell them no.  Please don’t make me have this conversation again, okay? Thanks.

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