A Thanksgiving for Troubled LGBTQ Youth (VIDEO)

 

For homeless and troubled LGBTQ teens facing the prospect of Thanksgiving without the support of their families it’s easy to imagine this season might be robbed of much of its cheer. But in West Hollywood the grassroots organization CITY x1 opened its doors this past Saturday and welcomed LGBTQ teens and their allies for a free pre-Thanksgiving feast.

No More Down Low TV has the story (h/t to Queerty):

According to the organization’s website CITY x1 held its first ever event, a “ThanXgiving Youth Social”, back in 2003. Since then this awesome Thanksgiving celebration, which is an alcohol and tobacco-free event, has grown with each successive year. You can find out more about its history here.

Community Intervention Through Youth (C.I.T.Y.) x1 is a grassroots organization dedicated to putting on social events for LGTBQ youth. This includes dances, free food, free HIV Testing, and information and access to several other community resources. CITYx1′s mission statement is to give LGBTQ Youth and allies in L.A. County, whatever their background or diversity, “an alternative to the club scene by providing free social events that create community, promote diversity, and empower the lives of young people.”

Find out more about CITY x1 here.

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23 comments

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

thanks .. very sad

Marg Wood
Marg W.4 years ago

Steve You really don't care about any homeless people kids or adults, so why pretend you do? I am sure a strait kid would not be turned away if they needed help. This is about acceptance not bigotry!

Marg Wood
Marg W.4 years ago

Steve You really don't care about any homeless people kids or adults, so why pretend you do? I am sure a strait kid would not be turned away if they needed help. This is about acceptance not bigotry!

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

Many thanks to this organization for caring...

Magdalena K.
Past Member 4 years ago

thanks

Amy Hughes
Amy Hughes4 years ago

I kind of get Steves comment- there are many homeless teens, and they all need to be fed, not just because they are any ONE thing- we so need to stop this, its a prejudice within itself. If one of these kids has a best friend who is not LGBT does that kid have to wait outside for his friend to come out? This just feels like it's divisive- and the last thing we need right now.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

People helping people....awesome.

Robert Moseley
Robert Moseley4 years ago

All young kids need as much help as possible. Get them off the streets and away from predators, drugs and violence!

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago

Thank you. Nice to learn about CITY x1. Homeless and troubled LGBTQ youth have a special place in my heart.

Lilithe Magdalene

Awesome!