"Feeling safe should not be a privilege but a right."
Being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, we have experienced that reality is not how we anticipate it to be. Sometimes we don't feel safe to open up about our identities. This happens when people are ignoring our pronouns, when we have to ask explicitly for a gender-neutral kids’ party or when we want to correct a wedding vendor to stop referring to your loved ones as your future ‘husband’ or ‘wife’.
We also experienced that when we do speak up, we are easily labelled as being ‘difficult’.
At Venopi, we want to be transparent and safe for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies, so we decided to double down on our diversity and inclusion path.
Aren't we afraid to lose some users or vendors?
Yes, because our users matter a lot to us.
And no, because we believe in basic human rights and prefer not to work with people who don’t share the same values.
However, our mission to create safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community in the event industry is way more important than our worry about losing some users. On top of that, we only want to work with people who support and/or accept equal civil rights, gender equality, and LGBTQIA+ social movements.
So here we go! From now on, you can see:
Pronouns of the person you are interacting with
You can also easily edit them on your edit profile page
If a listing is LGBTQIA+ owned, LGBTQIA+ allies, Black-owned, or Asian-owned business (some listings status is still unknown, but we are working on better coverage)
Any suggestions? We keep improving our product, so if you find funny behaviour, please don't hesitate to let us know. We need as much feedback as we can get!
We also keep adding LGBTQIA+ and allies event vendors, so if you know any LGBTQIA+ event vendors or allies - tell them to join Venopi!
Of course! If you are a straight and/or cisgender person who supports equal gender equality, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia - you are our ally.
So if anything, we are grateful that you want to support us! We need more people like you in this world.
Check it out by going to www.venopi.com
Got any questions or suggestions? Write to us anytime!