The Phoenix Society – Michigan, USA


Face Equality at Phoenix Society

Phoenix Society hasn’t always called it Face Equality, but we’ve been advocating for acceptance and respect for decades. With statements like “Beyond My Scars,” “Burns are Beautiful,” and “You are Greater Than,” we’ve been reminding each other – and the world – that our scars don’t hold us back.


Amy Acton, Executive Director

“A vital step in any burn survivor’s recovery is accepting their changed appearance and gaining confidence in social situations. For many, this is a long, difficult journey – but it doesn’t have to be. Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is proud to be a founding member of Face Equality International, an exciting step toward elevating people with scars and facial conditions. Together, we can reduce bias and promote acceptance on a global scale.” 

2. What does face equality mean to you?

Face Equality gives a name to something the burn community has always known: people with scars are just like everybody else. It’s the idea that people with unusual appearances have equal value in society, that they deserve equal acceptance and respect. It’s the idea that people shouldn’t be defined by what they look like.


3. What has your NGO got planned for international face equality week 2019?

Help Phoenix Society introduce Face Equality to the United States!

We’re kicking off the week with a Facebook Live Video Event on Thursday, May 16th at 7 p.m. EST. During this live video, we’ll be discussing what face equality is, why it matters, and how you can get involved. There will be a second Facebook Live Video with our Executive Director, Amy Acton on Friday, May 24th at 3 p.m. EST.

Can’t watch live? No problem – Both videos will be uploaded to our Facebook page after the live airing. We’ll also be posting a variety of resource articles and graphics throughout the week.


Evan Duran, Burn Survivor

A fire may have changed my appearance, but it didn’t change my ability to love life. Beauty is everywhere. It’s all around us, and it’s in all of us. And it’s up to us how much beauty we share with the world.” 

Phoenix Society is proud to be part of Face Equality Week because together, we can reduce bias and promote acceptance on a global scale.

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