Best sources for interesting safety pins to show support and protection for all minorities (LBGTQ, African American, Muslim, religious minorities, women, etc.) Scroll down to immediately get to the purchase links.
I have spent the past week counseling clients scared for their safety. I’ve talked to THREE lesbian and gay clients upset with family members voting in a way that they fear will roll back their rights and endanger their safety. I have had African American clients cancel the day after the election feeling too sick to leave the house.
This is not a blog post directly concerning electoral politics, although it skirts close to the topic. This is a blog post about perceptions of safety and how to help people feel safe.
Rightly or wrongly, a LARGE number of minorities are worried about their civil rights and their safety in the near future. The news is full of stories about hate graffiti, attacks on the LGBTQ community, and the KKK appearing fully robed in public to celebrate.
Hygeia Counseling happily serves people of all political persuasions. Regardless of who you did or didn’t vote for, if you want to show that you are a safe person for minorities to turn to, you can pin a safety pin to your coat, blouse, or shirt as a symbol of your support. It is important right now to visually remind our neighbors that they remain loved and honored by the majority.
The safety pin is not a fashion show – a old plain safety pin from your drug store is just fine. (Although these are surprisingly hard to find – my local Staples does not sell them, and Walgreens sold one type but two employees were perplexed as to what section to find them in (look in “Home Goods”)).
That said, a bit of style might be nice if you are going to wear the safety pin daily. A unique appearance might encourage some people to grab one from your bowl if you are handing them out at home or at work (which I highly encourage).
Therefore, I am listing below two types of store listings:
- Inexpensive quantities of large numbers of safety pins that are a bit more interesting than regular silver ones.
- Somewhat expensive specialized safety pins to show your support, which are quite affordable if you are just buying one or two for yourself.
Amazon.com has lots of safety pins, but they are mostly plain, too small, or huge 4″ kilt pins.
As for more interesting safety pins, the primary source to search is ETSY.
Here are a few stores on Etsy currently selling interesting quantities of safety pins at a reasonable price. I’m sure available vendors will change over time:
Here are some vendors selling individual pins if you are buying one or a few for personal use:
There are many more interesting safety pin vendors on Etsy. Please take a look!
Please consider wearing a safety pin to let your neighbors know that you care and are there for them.
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