We spoke to Vikki Reich the co-founder and co-publisher of Village Q with Deborah Goldstein to find our more about VillageQ and why they want to encourage people to talk about #inequality on October 16, 2014 with Blog Action Day.
What is VillageQ, where is it based and why are your interested in supporting Blog Action Day?
VillageQ is a website by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgeder (LGBT) parents. We have contributors from the US, Albania, Israel and Canada. We are particularly interested and passionate about issues of equality because we are part of a community that experiences bigotry and discrimination. More than that however, we recognize that our own struggles are connected to those of others and seek justice and equality for everyone.
What does Inequality mean you, and the people in your organization?
As members of the LGBT community, we recognize that inequality manifests in myriad ways such as poverty, limited access to health care, housing issues, employment discrimination, bullying, violence and more.
What people, organisations, campaigns who tackle inequality do you find inspiring?
We think that the following organisations are great, and encourage people to find out more about them and how they make a difference. Family Equality Council, Hedrick Martin, Listen to Your Mother, Avenues for Homeless Youth/GLBT Host Home Program
Do you think that inequality can be overcome?
To be completely honest, I don’t believe we will ever completely overcome inequality. The world is constantly changing and people are often slow to adapt to change. But I do believe that we can make great strides and have a responsibility to work towards that elusive goal.
What can ordinary people do to help overcome and stop inequality?
Educate themselves on issues besides the ones that affect them personally.
Read the stories of others and tell their stories so that we all learn from each other and broaden our experiences.
Advocate for equality in all areas of life.
What suggestions and ideas do you have for Blog Action Day participants that they can use in their posts on October 16.
Why is Village Q taking part in for Blog Action Day?
VillageQ stands with others who are committed to working for social change