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Support Organizations Spotlight Commitment to 2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC Communities in Jewelry Industry July 05, 2024 (0 comments)


New York, NY--After the Pride Month's conclusion, the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA), Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC), and Queer Metalsmiths reaffirmed their commitment to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

[Image via Women's Jewelry Association/Facebook]

A post by WJA noted that these organizations emphasize the importance of inclusivity and acknowledge the contributions of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, especially Black transgender women, in the fight for equality.

The post highlighted that June 28th marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969, led by Marsha P. Johnson and other Black and brown trans women. This event was crucial in raising awareness of the struggles faced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and laid the foundation for modern Pride celebrations.

The WJA, BIJC, and Queer Metalsmiths recognize the ongoing fight for 2SLGBTQIA+ and racial equity, emphasizing intersectionality within the queer community. The post by WJA noted that these organizations are dedicated to creating inclusive environments and providing opportunities for growth in the jewelry, watch, metals, and craft fields.

Their initiatives include mentorship, education, and industry connections to support members. "It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism," the WJA stated in the post, quoting Angela Y. Davis.

These organizations encourage individuals to engage with their communities through professional groups, local activism, or special interest groups to support and celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Check out the post here on Facebook.

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