| Mar 14, 2016
Lisa Vanderpump: How to Support A Cause That Matters To You
I was brought up with incredible, avant-garde, liberal parents who were just so accepting. They were very strict when it came to manners, upbringing and politeness, but they were passionate about equality. I learned the importance of compassion early on. My social activism is driven by that compassion: When I see people struggling, when I see people who are misunderstood, I want to do something.
If you feel the same drive to help others, here are my best suggestions for where to start.
Forget what you think you know about social activism
It doesn’t have to mean attending protests or traveling to impoverished areas to build houses. Sometimes I go visit with children suffering from alopecia. My dog, Giggy, also suffers from this disease. So I’ll bring him with me and say to the children, “This is one of the most famous dogs in the world, and he’s got alopecia. He’s been on Dancing with the Stars. Do you think he’s cuter with fur or without fur?” And all of them say, “Oh no, we love him the way he is.” And I’ll say, “Well, that’s the way your mommy loves you, and that’s how the world sees you.” That may not be your typical idea of what “counts” as social activism, but it’s making a difference to those children.
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