Actress Juliet Landau is lending her support to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a group established by Sophie’s mother after her daughter's horrific murder.
Landau donated personal items including some super-rare comics, and signed Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel memorabilia. You can see the full list of items and bid on them over on ebay.
The donation is a reminder of something we sometimes forget in an age where there’s a Hot Topic in every mall and vampires on TV: There’s still a great deal of intolerance around personal creative expression and violence against people who choose to represent themselves outside mainstream ideals.
Landau made the following statement via the foundation:
“I am horrified by what happened to Sophie Lancaster and Rob Maltby. It seems unfathomable to me that people can be this evil, hateful, ugly and violent. I’m moved beyond words by Sophie’s spirit and loving nature. She protected her boyfriend during the attack. Sophie’s mum, Sylvia is an inspiration. She founded this organization as a legacy to her daughter, with the aim of providing education about prejudice and intolerance by going into schools, youth groups and prisons. People’s creativity and individuality is a thing to celebrate and nurture not to destroy.”