Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
Today is May 22nd 2016. Today is also World Goth Day; a day where the Goth subculture can celebrate the fact it is it’s own being and gives those within it a chance to make their presence known to the rest of the world in a wonderful and positive light.
World Goth Day started in the UK in 2009 due to two Goth DJ’s creating an event that celebrated music subcultures; in particular, Goth music. These two DJ’s were Cruel Britannia and Martin OldGoth. Once their event was up and running, they decided that May 22nd would be the day that this event would be held regularly.
World Goth Day has now spread to many other countries such as the USA, Canada, Ausralia, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Macedonia and South Africa to name a few. In order to coordinate this, a website was set up. You can find this website here.
World Goth Day takes many forms.
One section of the day is to celebrate aspects of the Goth subculture such as fashion, music and art. These are shown through fashion shows, art exhibitions and concerts performed by well known as well as local Goth bands.
The other side to World Goth Day, focuses on the more charitable side of things. Here in the UK, we take it as a day to honour, fund raise for and spread the world of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The story of Sophie Lancaster is an extremely sad one.
Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend, Robert Maltby were viciously attacked in a park in Bacup, Lancashire by a group of males in their mid-teens, simply for looking different.
This group of males caused so much head trauma and injury to Sophie that she fell into a coma. She died thirteen days later having never regained consciousness. Those five teenage boys were later arrested and charged with murder; two got life imprisonment and the other three were charged with grievous bodily harm.
If you wish to watch a documentary on the Sophie Lancaster murder, there is an episode of Darkest Hour that I shall place below.
[ youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVMRKppTui0 ]
The murder rocked the alternative community as no one felt safe any more. No one felt like they could truly be themselves. Parents were worried their child could be next.
From this horrific crime, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up in order to raise awareness of the alternative community and also to help stop hate and prejudice. Sophie’s mother hoped to educate young people into why being alternative is ok and to why it is unacceptable to hate, assault, abuse someone based on how they dress. You can find a lot more information about the foundation on their website, which you can find here.
My favourite YouTuber, Toxic Tears, also created a dedicated video to World Goth Day last year, in which she talks about the Sophie Lancaster foundation and how the murder of a fellow Goth affected her. You can see that video below but please visit her channel and watch her many other videos about the Goth subculture.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation website also has a shop in which you can buy items that show your support for the charity and for stamping out prejudice and hatred towards subcultures. The link for the store can be found here. They sell wristbands, t-shirts, and hoodies. I own one of the SOPHIE wristbands and I plan on buying one of the vest tops too. The store also sells CD/EP’s by the artist Pollyanna who is a big supporter of the charity and even created a song especially for Sophie:
World Goth Day is a wonderful day to celebrate the Goth subculture in all shapes and forms. It’s also a time to remember those who suffered for daring to be different.
So on World Goth Day 2016, hold you head up high for being alternative. if you’re not alternative, compliment someone who is. Tell them you like their hair or their clothes or that song that they’re listening to.
We’re not freaks. We’re not losers. We’re not wasters.
Please accept us for who we are!
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below