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June Is Pride Month: Show Your Support!

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Besides being toasty, flowery, and sunny, June is also known as LGBTQ Pride Month. At AwareCauses, we offer an assortment of necklaces that support a variety of causes. For each necklace that is purchased, 10 percent of the proceeds will be sent to a charity that has to do with that cause. For example, if you purchase a necklace to show your support for LGBTQ, then 10 percent of what you pay will go to a cause that has to do with helping those who fall under that spectrum. If you’d like to purchase jewelry for a cause to promote support for LGBTQ, then shop AwareCauses.

LGBTQ Around The World

First of all, before we get into the brief history of LGBTQ Pride Month, we’ll address the acronym. LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer. For hundreds of years, being anything but heterosexual was looked down upon by society and punished by death. Even in some countries today, it’s still illegal to be anything except heterosexual. For example, there are still 74 countries where being transgender or in a same-sex relationship is illegal. In some of these countries, you can even be put to death for being gay or bisexual. In places such as Qatar, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of Syria and Iraq, someone can die because of something that is part of them.

In other places throughout the world, promoting LGBTQ communities and identities are prohibited. Countries such as Russia, Jordan, Kuwait, Somalia, Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco follow this law, while other countries maintain a gay panic clause, which allows a person to commit a crime against someone because he or she is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. In 40 countries, crimes such as murder and assault can occur because a person is lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual. Whether you know someone who is LGBTQ or you are, showing your support for the thousands of people who are unable to be who they are in 2018 is important because you can stand with them. It’s also a good reminder that you should never take your freedom to be who you are for granted.

A Brief History Of LGBTQ Pride Month

For thousands of years, the world was very anti-LGBTQ. In fact, it wasn’t until the last few decades that Pride Month was actually something people participated in and celebrated. Initially, on Saturday, June 28, 1969, people rioted the police raid on the Stonewall Inn, which was a gay bar in New York City. The combination of riots and protests occurred over several days and nights and was the jumping-off point for organized LGBTQ marches on a much larger scale that spread through the entire country. Additionally, as you probably know, it wasn’t until the last few years that gay marriage was legalized. While people are still homophobic and negative statements are thrown around about LGBTQ people, especially with the current political climate, we’ve made great strides in the Gay Liberation Movement and will continue to do so in years to come.

Do you want to support LGBTQ? Purchase jewelry for a cause and show off your pride.

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Support A Social Issues With Our Jewelry For A Cause

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In addition to offering jewelry for disorders and diseases, we also have jewelry for a cause. These causes are centered around social issues that many people feel strongly about, especially because of the recent events that have been depicted in the news. From the most recent shooting in Parkland, Florida at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to the Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love revealing his personal battle with mental health, our lives are filled with social issues that have touched us.

Whether you know someone personally who has been dealing with mental health or gun violence, showing your support and understanding of what’s going on in the world will make sure that you’re informed and can help to rectify the issue. While violence and mental health won’t be fixed overnight, by educating people and showing your support, we’ll take one step at a time to make sure that the issues are addressed and people can start to help each other.

Introducing Our Social Issues Awareness Necklaces

We decided to start offering jewelry for social issues because we wanted to bring awareness to problems that are going on in the world. It’s one thing to watch the news and feel removed from the situation, but it’s an entirely different one to know someone who has been involved in violence. The same can be said about hearing about someone like Kevin Love referring to having a panic attack in a recent article he wrote called Everyone Is Going Through Something or Chester Bennington, a much beloved musician, who recently took his own life. While you may not know Bennington or Love, you may know someone personally who has been dealing with their own mental health. To show your support for these different social issues, take the time to check out our necklaces and what each one means to help educate people about violence and mental health.

Gun Violence

One of the hot topics on the news — as your probably already know — is gun violence. Our last horrific tragedy occurred on Valentine’s Day of 2018, at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed. This event is just the latest in thousands of shootings, which has resulted in a March For Our Lives On Washington to help end gun violence. While protests and speaking out about gun violence can help to educate people who have never been touched by gun violence, it’s important that people also take the time to take action in their own lives. Gun violence is a topic that’s not going to be fixed overnight, but it can be discussed and your support can be shown for those whose lives have been touched by these tragedies.

Mental Health

Another hot topic at this moment is mental health. Perhaps it’s due to the dozens of musicians who have killed themselves because of depression, or maybe it’s the recent article written by Kevin Love about understanding that everyone is dealing with their own issues, but mental health is being brought more and more to light. Like gun violence, there’s not an easy answer for mental health. One in 25 adults have a serious mental illness and 25 million Americans tend to suffer from depression. Many people feel that depression is something that can be easily cured or that people who suffer from anxiety can just relax, but that’s not always the case. If you know someone who suffers from mental disorders no matter how big or small, you can show your support and your love with a necklace from AwareCauses.

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AWARE at Making Strides of Los Angeles

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AWARE Causes Jewelry at American Cancer Society Event - Making Strides Against Breast CancerThis morning, Saturday, October 15, 2016, AWARE Causes attended American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event at LA Live, Los Angeles. The event was a fundraiser where people walked to 2.7 miles and participated in events to spread Breast Cancer Awareness. People were allowed to register for the walk all the way up until it began and the turnout seemed immense!

We only found out about the event two days ago, so we didn't have much time to prepare. We brought a few AWARE necklaces and pins to give out to those spreading awareness for breast cancer and trying to make a difference. We met a group of girls in the sorority ZTA that were also passing out ribbons to spread awareness, along with many other groups of people that had come together to make a difference.

Making strides breast cancer event starting gate
AWARE Causes at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Los Angeles Walk with sorority member from ZTA American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team holding sign while participating in event
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