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.”
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