A Lush Day

On Saturday Feb 8th, two FFLAG mums spent a very worthwhile (though chilly!) day standing by a table loaded with FFLAG literature near the door of the Exeter branch of Lush (the organic soap & cosmetics company).  
 
We had been invited there to publicise FFLAG and all we do at a time when LGBT rights were high on the news media agenda due to Russian President Putin’s notorious comments effectively equating ‘homosexuality and paedophilia’ and telling the gays ‘…just to leave the kids alone please’.
 
Lush, who provide significant financial support to FFLAG already, were running a ‘Sign of Love’ campaign in the run up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics hosted by Russia.  They were encouraging customers to paint pink triangles on themselves as a sign of solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community.  Lush itself has many shops in Russia and it was unclear if participating in these would be in violation of the country’s ban on ‘gay propaganda’.
 
So what was the response of customers to us?  Well, in general, it was very British!  It was a busy day (despite the wind and rain) and the mainly young female customers glanced at us as they came in and out.  Some even stopped to look.  Some mentioned us to the friends they were with.  And then, throughout the day, some people stayed and talked to us about moving, heart-warming, personal and profound issues in their lives or lives of those they knew or loved.  Perhaps that we were so obviously there in support of children who we love and respect had something to do with their openness.  Perhaps they just wanted an opportunity to talk through matters of concern to them and theirs.  Some people asked for information.  Some people even told us about help and services they could offer.
So was it worth it?  Yes! And a big thank you to Lush for providing the opportunity.

SHOR

We are delighted to be working with SHOR, an online portal reflecting the experiences of South Asian LGBTQ people and their families and friends. We feel privileged to be able to share a moving interview of Devi, a mother of South Asian descent and the struggle she faced on learning that her daughter Davina is lesbian. Devi was interviewed by Aashi Gahlot and her story appears on our website under My Story. 
 
In Hindi, ‘SHOR’ means to break the silence and to make some noise. To find out more about the way SHOR works to help educate and inspire others to be themselves and accept others for who they are, visit SHOR

Devi's Story

With kind permission from SHOR we have published Devi's story.

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