Nikki Joly works for the American Red Cross and persistently defends LGBT rights as the Director of the Jackson Pride Center in Michigan.
During the summer of 2017, despite fear mongering by local bigoted conservatives, Nikki defiantly and persistently organized Jackson's very first LGBTQ pride march. On August 5, 2017, the parade commenced and was supported by many locals including St. John's United Church of Christ of Jackson, Michigan.
Tragically, last night, just 5 days after Nikki led the march, his entire 2 story home was burned in an act of arson. Nikki lost his home, all of his belongings, and his beloved 5 pets, including 2 german shepherds and 3 cats in the fire. While the Jackson and State Police departments, Nikki is left in dire need of financial assistance. This is a hate crime that was premeditated and destructively heartbreaking beyond measure.
Please donate, please spread this message of support and let Nikki and his partner Chris Moore know that their work is not done in vain. Without people like Nikki standing for us on the front lines, we do not exist. We cannot march without them, we cannot have equality without them. We will NOT be silenced, pushed aside nor bullied. Use this platform to stand up and say, "We will not tolerate your hate" We are still stronger together. If you come for one of us, you come for all of us- and united, we stand strong. We see you. We hear you. We thank you.
Nikki, you are not a victim. You are a hero.