Why I Chose To Work with the Charity A.K.T
Why i chose to work with a.k.t
If you’re here for your usual cheeky fix, this blog post will be a bit different.
Firstly for those that don't know June is Pride month. A month where we celebrate our LGBTQ+ friends, how far they have come, what they have given us and how far they still have to go..
I won’t sit here and pretend i understand what it’s like to keep your sexual identity a secret from a family you know won’t understand. I won’t say that i know what it feels like when you hear your friends and family use derogatory terms to mock an identity that you know is your true self, but what i will say is as a young person my life wasn’t the simplest. My home wasn’t somewhere i felt safe or where i belonged so i sofa surfed for quite some time. From the age of 15, I was doing my best to create a life I felt a part of, it wasn’t always easy or a happy place. i was alone. Now let me tell you i understand that i had it relatively ‘easy’; im white, im blonde, im a female. People wanted to help me. But I was still very much alone.
When i was choosing a charity partner for Pride month it was important for me to pick a charity that helps our youth. What if you’re not the cute blonde girl and you are alone and need help? What if you identify outside of what is considered ’normal’ and you are young and alone. What if you don’t fit that cookie cutter version of teenage life? What if you haven’t yet found your community? Any 16 year old doesn’t have a clue about life, now imagine being afraid and abandoned by those closest to you….that's what makes akt amazing and so so worthy of support not just for Pride month but the whole year. After I had my meeting with the CEO I have pledged to give 15% of all sales of my fabulously gay tankard to akt, which is on-going and certainly not just for Pride. I am a small brand but I will do what I can to help the youngsters who are our future.
Also check out The Spice Girls - they are also supporting akt with a fabulous t shirt support it https://www.victoriabeckham.com/products/pride-wannabe-t-shirt-in-white