The Inclusive Celebrant - My Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

 
by Jennifer Cram - Brisbane Marriage Celebrant © (09/01/2021)
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In my world all are welcome. All abilities.
                    All ages. All sizes. All genders. All orientations.
                    All cultures. All religions. And None. All couples.
                    All families. All individuals. All means All.
                    Everyone. You. Love lives in my world. Diversity is
                    embraced in my world. Inclusion is a given.As a secular humanist whose calling, commitment, and passion is creating and performing fun, relaxed, inclusive ceremonies, I believe with my whole heart that all people are worthy and should be equally valued and treated with equal respect. Neither diversity nor inclusion is optional in my world.

And that is why I "rebranded" (hate that word and the implication that a person or a business reinvents to attract the customers considered most profitable). By using Jennifer Cram The Inclusive Celebrant. I wanted to spell out my values as succinctly as possible without hiding my identity.

What embracing diversity means to me

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In common with all Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants (the exception being those who have opted to be classified as Religious Marriage Celebrants) I am required to abide by all Australian Federal and State laws. Which means no unlawful discrimination. But abiding by the letter of the law is just not good enough because it doesn't require that each and every person, regardless of who they are, where they come from, what their culture is, or who they love, is supported and above all, appreciated.

I want every perLove Letter: "Jennifer,
                    we chose you because you default to awesome and
                    leave out the gender bias, religion,
                    over-explanation, tasteless jokes, awkward vows and
                    dreary biographical readings that I've experienced
                    in other weddings. - Tony and Leslie."son I provide services for to know that they are both respected and appreciated, which means I welcome everyone, couples and singles, with open arms.

"Jennifer, we chose you because you default to awesome and leave out the gender bias, religion, over-explanation, tasteless jokes, awkward vows and dreary biographical readings that I've experienced in other weddings. - Tony and Leslie."

To spell out the detail, for me embracing diversity means
  • I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work, together with the many different nations who are custodians of the land and waters across the wider Brisbane region. I pay my respects to the elders, past and present, as the holders of the memories, the traditions, the culture, and the spiritual wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across this state.
  • I welcome, support, and celebrate people
    • of all races, all religious beliefs, including no belief, from all countries of origin, regardless of your visa status
    • of all gender identities and sexual orientations
    • of all ages
    • of all educational backgrounds
    • regardless of their individual abilities. disabilities, or state of health
  • I welcome your kids, both human and fur kids
  • I respect and support your language preferences and facilitate your use of the language(s) you are most comfortable with

What ensuring inclusion means for me




Inclusion means, quite simply, doing my best to make sure you feel comfortable, valued, and respected. To this end I make every effort
  • to use inclusive language
  • to use your preferred pronouns (mine are she/her)
  • to be respectful
  • to encourage you to share your knowledge and experience with me
  • to be open about my values and to listen to your thoughts and opinions with an open mind
  • to  be honest and ask for your input when I am unfamiliar with aspects of your culture, beliefs, or lived experience
  • to call out bullying and hate speech whenever and however I come across it

Spelling it out




I will joyfully officiate both legal and non-legal ceremonies for
  • same-sex couples
  • interracial couples
  • intercultural couples
  • non-binary couples
  • interfaith couples (yes, in a civil ceremony in Australia you are allowed to express your own personal spiritual or religious beliefs and I will facilitate that if you wish)
  • divorced persons
  • May-December couples
  • transgender persons
  • intersex persons
Thanks for reading!
Jenny xxx Let's talk soon about how you
                      can have the best ceremony ever
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