ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Pride St. Louis, in collaboration with the LGBTQIA+ non-profit organizations Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG), St. Louis Black Pride, and Queer and Trans People of Color St. Louis (QTPOC), has announced the return of the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This collaboration marks a new partnership in serving the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community.

The former LGBT Center of St. Louis held annual holiday dinners for the LGBTQIA+ community for many years.

“The collaboration on this dinner by so many LGBTQIA+ non-profits is amazing and heartwarming," said Leon A. Braxton, Jr., Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Pride St. Louis. "Many times we only gather and support each other during times of tragedy and sorrow, but this is a chance for us to celebrate and break bread as a family.”

"We're honored to be a part of this long-time tradition of feeding the community," continued Braxton, one of the primary organizers of the event. "Each year, we feed over 100 community members who have no place to go or can't make it home to their families. We're excited for another magical year."

The Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at the Pride St. Louis office, located at 3738 Chouteau Avenue. The doors will open at 11:00 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be available with coffee and juice. Dinner will be served at 3:00 p.m. The meat is being supplied by Pride St. Louis, MTUG, Black Pride, and QTPOC. Each person attending is asked bring a side dish to share, but all are welcome regardless and no one will be turned away. Coffee Cartel is donating the desserts.

If you have any questions or would like to make a food or beverage donation, Braxton can be reached by email at outreach "at"



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