I am a photographer and I capture love. All love. I believe that love is special and does not discriminate based on race, religion, or sex. When I take a portrait, the raw emotion of love is what I want to capture. Whether it is the love of parents, children, or the love between two people.
Just like love, I do not discriminate. I serve all creeds of people including people who are a part of the LGBT community.
When Indiana officials passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, it made my heart break because I knew some of my clients, my friends, would have to deal with discrimination. Discrimination, that under this law, could be deemed legal.
For my business, the law did not change anything about the way I operate. I will continue serving and photographing the LGBT community because they have the right to love and the right to marry and spend the rest of their lives with the people they love. Many business’ across Indiana are still proudly serving everyone.
Last month, after much criticism from businesses, residents, LGBT community, and the world, they amended the wording of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill now states that businesses would not be able to use the bill in court for refusing “to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing” based on “race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or United States military service.”
Thankfully, this is a step in the right direction. Hopefully now the Religious Freedom Restoration Act can not be used as a way to discriminate the LGBT community. I think, that instead of focusing on the bad, we should focus on how a community of people, from near and far, came together, rallied, and supported the LGBT population. How all of these people, who believe in love, were able to get the bill amended. Hopefully this love and support will continue on to eradicate discrimination completely.
About Jasmine Norris-Dixson:
Jasmine Norris-Dixson is an award winning and published wedding and portrait photographer that is based in Lafayette, Indiana and serves worldwide. After graduating from Purdue University in 2008 with she traveled the world working as a concert photographer and spent a few years on a cruise ship before she started her own photography business.