UPDATE 1/20/21:
Since starting my original campaign back in March 2020, I have been able to get one surgery, keep up on my hormones and sustain myself as an independent artist. I have recently made the decision to relocate. For the betterment of my mental health and overall wellbeing, it is important that I am able to sustain myself while in this period of transition. While I do have some money saved up, moving requires me to quit my full-time job, so money will be looking a little different in the coming weeks/months as I begin handling the logistics moving forward. Thank you for all the contributions thus far! Words cannot express my deep appreciation, humility and gratitude. Xo.


UPDATE 10/14/20:

Same girl, New fundraiser, Same goal. 

“When I started medically transitioning, I told myself that I’d never ask for anything during this process; I wanted to have total control in physically shaping into the woman I felt like on the inside. Unfortunately, reality brings me to the exact place I said I wouldn’t be. 
For the past three years, I have had the privilege of being covered by insurance as a student at my four-year college. As a recent graduate, this coverage has ended. Thus, I am left with the costs of procedures that are essential to me living a healthy, mentally-stable life. For some time, my focus has been on surviving, but now, I want to do more than survive. I want to live and thrive to see the fruits of my labor, and the labor of my loved ones. 
With no insurance coverage, I must pay for monthly hormone replacement therapy, doctor visits and major procedures needed to affirm my gender. It is imperative, as a Black transgender woman, that I have the resources needed to navigate various career spaces and life more broadly. 
I appreciate any and all contributions from folks who are able to give. I also appreciate moral support, contacts/resources, and sharing the campaign.”

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Mercédes Donnell 
Boston, MA
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