WITH WORDS Words matter and have power. I will work to edit my language to be welcoming, not limiting, to all people.
Conversation - I choose to actively speak up for equality and inclusivity to my employees, friends, family and strangers. If I hear a racist, homophobic, transphobic, size shaming, age discriminating or disability-based joke or remark, I will respond and stand up for those being targeted. I will correct misinformation when I hear it, and I will work to start new conversations around these issues.
Language - I will be more thoughtful to use inclusive language and terms in my everyday conversations, on my website, forms, contracts, and on all social media for both employees and clients. I will focus on putting people first, not their characteristics, as we are more than our descriptors. I will use gender-neutral language in common phrases and job titles such as fireman/firefighter, policeman/police officer, salesman/salesperson, mailman/mail carrier, businessman/businessperson. I will replace the word bride/bridal with the word couple, when it is not specifically referring to a bride. I will edit my contracts to say client name(s) in place of bride and groom. I will rename my bridal suite to something more inclusive such as private room, getting ready room, green room. I will replace the words crazy, nuts, psycho and insane with worlds such as wild, confusing, unpredictable or impulsive. Words matter and have power, I will work to edit my language to be welcoming to all people and not limiting to some.
Pronouns - I will honor and normalize the use of people’s pronouns (She/Her, He/Him, They/Them/, Ze/Hir, Ey/Em, Other). I will do this by asking, not assuming.
WITH RESOURCES I’ll use my resources to find ways, both small and large, to demonstrate my support for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) + LGBTQIAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual) people, people with disabilities, people of all sizes, ages, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions to join in helping move equality forward and prevent the spread of hate.
Time - I will volunteer my time with organizations that uplift, empower and better the lives of those who have been ignored, misunderstood, mistreated and othered by society.
Money - I will donate money to causes and organizations that are supporting, uplifting and empowering othered communities. I will also not spend my money at known establishments or organizations who fund or support ableism, ageism, antisemitism, classism, homophobia, misogyny, queerphobia, racism, sexism, sizeism, transphobia or xenophobia.
Votes - I will actively learn about political candidates who are championing social justice and equality in their policies from the local to the federal level. I will use my voting power to show support to the candidates who are working to better the lives of those who have been ignored, misunderstood, mistreated and othered by society.
Social media platforms - I will work to support, share and promote posts that encourage equality, diversity and inclusion. I will follow and engage with accounts that are different from me to help me understand and learn more about them. The walls of hate come down when we learn more about those we do not understand.
Hiring - I will make every effort to consider BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) + LGBTQIAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual) people, people with disabilities, people of all sizes, ages, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions for any open position(s), including internships, in my company. Hiring the best person for the job is the goal, but I will be sure to advertise the position in places where a more diverse group of candidates are likely to see it and apply for it.
WITH IMAGES I will be thoughtful and intentional in the images I share on my website and all social media channels to include a diverse array of people, including all races, genders, ethnicities, sizes, abilities, sexualities and ages. If I do not have such images, I will work thoughtfully and genuinely to get them via a styled shoot or by volunteering my services at an organization serving marginalized communities. When casting for my styled shoots, I will not tokenize (make a symbolic effort to be inclusive) my models. I will do it because it is important and meaningful, not trendy.
WITH EDUCATION I will attend webinars, workshops, talks and trainings on diversity and inclusion. I am committed to always learning and growing as an ally.
AS AN ALLY I PLEDGE TO SHOW MY SUPPORT IN THE BELOW ACTIONABLE WAYS EVERYDAY:
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color)
LGBTQIAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual) People
People of all gender expressions - How a person publicly expresses or presents their gender. This can include behavior and outward appearance such as dress, hair, make-up, body language and voice. A person's chosen name and pronoun are also common ways of expressing gender.
People of all gender identities (Male, Female, Transgender, Gender Neutral, Non-Binary, Agender, Pangender, Genderqueer, Two-Spirit, Third Gender)
People of all ages
People of all sizes
People with disabilities
People of all ethnicities
As an ally, I pledge to stand for love by actively and continuously supporting those who have been ignored, misunderstood, mistreated and othered by society.
Ableism - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people with or perceived to have disabilities.
Ageism - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people on the grounds of their age.
Antisemitism - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against Jewish people.
Classism - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people who belong to a particular social class.
Homophobia - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against homosexual people.
Misogyny -discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against women.
Queerphobia - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people who are not heterosexual and cisgendered.
Racism - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people based on their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.
Sexism -discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people based on their sex.
Sizeism - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people based on their size.
Transphobia - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against transgender people.
Xenophobia - discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people from other countries.
AS AN ALLY, I PLEDGE TO STAND AGAINST HATE BY DENYING AND SPEAKING OUT AGAINST:
As a black queer fat woman on the spectrum, I feel there is nobody who understands more the importance of being seen, having a safe space, and showing inclusiveness.
I stand in support of LGTBQIA+ Rights, Women's Reproductive Rights, BLM, All Sizes and Shapes, And Neurodiversity Affirming. As a wedding professional and vendor, I will ensure that everyone I work with is given the same importance, respect, and appreciation equally. It begins with me.
As an artist and wedding photographer, I focus on producing engaging, colorful, and personable photography meant to capture your personality and true character. I am focused on capturing people who are just like me and giving them a safe space to celebrate their individuality.
As a creator, I am not only making storytelling photographs that last a lifetime, but I am fueled by a major mission to change weddings and events on every level. I strongly believe the wedding industry is in need of a complete rehaul to become more inclusive and show that love in every form. That's why I'm proud to say I work to make the industry a more inclusive and diverse place that celebrates everyone.
As a wedding vendor, I consider it part of my job to not only service clients with my artistry, but to be a resource hub for those who are looking to get married and want to work with genuinely inclusive and diverse vendors local to the Philadelphia area. This is why I have created partnerships with fellow small businesses that are owned and operated primarily by women, people of color and LGBTQ+ people local to the area.
I believe hate does not belong in weddings and events. I understand each individual is unique, and we honor the differences, even if we may not understand and are working to learn more about them.
To support this mission, I will only collaborate with creative partners who agree to being an active ally, online and off, and signed the pledge to choose love above hate.
This is a copy of the JOVE MEYER’S ALLY PLEDGE.