On June 30th, 2020, Merci Mack, a 22-year-old Black transgender woman was killed in Dallas, Texas. Merci was adored by her friends and had a loving and supportive family—they are deeply heartbroken by this tragedy and are asking for support from the community during this difficult time. GLITS and Queer|Art have partnered to launch this campaign to support Merci's family and fundraise for the long road ahead towards their recovery.
This fund aims to cover funeral expenses, mental health needs and grief counseling, rent assistance, and to support Merci's family as they continue to seek justice for Merci.
All funds collected through this fundraiser will be withdrawn to Merci's sister.
Artist Keijaun Thomas (IG: @keioui) has offered to share a recent artwork, "In the Reflection of Ancient Tides", with folks who contribute to this fundraiser. "This work is always for us, Black trans women, Black femmes, Black people," Keijaun writes. "May we always get free and find joy. This work is dedicated to our healing, to uplifting our voices and telling our stories."
Anyone who makes a donation will receive a downloadable audio file of Keijaun's work, donors of $100 or more will also receive a private link to the video poem. If you are queer/trans and a Black or indigenous person of color (QTBIPOC), please email Dani Brito at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive "In the Reflection of Ancient Tides" regardless of whether or not you're able to donate at this time.