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Eat, Gay, Love 2023: Spreading Love in the Community

5th annual inclusive Thanksgiving dinner built on community care

People enjoying the patio of Billy Sunday during Eat, Gay, Love
Eat, Gay, Love is an annual inclusive Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Queen City Nerve and Billy Sunday (Photo by Johnny Golian)

Thursday, November 23 | 2-5 p.m. | Billy Sunday Charlotte | Free

Our fifth annual inclusive Thanksgiving dinner keeps the same mission: Spread love and food to our underserved members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Queen City Nerve partners with Billy Sunday to host a free dinner on Thanksgiving day for anyone in search of community care. Unfortunately, members of the LGBTQIA+ community are often excluded from family functions during the holidays and we work together to offer a safe space for enjoyment.

We have decided to keep this event at Billy Sunday Charlotte even though demand for this event has continued to grow every year!

Thank you to our partners at Ava Neapolitan Pizzeria, El Thrifty, DKO Entertainment, Out on the Town and Block Love CLT!

People enjoying the annual Eat, Gay, Love Thanksgiving at Billy Sunday
Sights from the 2022 Eat, Gay, Love Thanksgiving (Photo by Johnny Golian)


Community Care

For the fifth year, we are partnering with Block Love CLT. This is to make sure that all of our leftovers (not the ones from the plates) are going to a good home. Block Love CLT is a local nonprofit organization that sets up in Uptown every single day to serve dinner to our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and twice a week for breakfast. Afterward, all of their leftovers are distributed to encampments and shelters around the city to spread the love. All of our leftovers will be boxed up and contributed to their mission of spreading block love.

We operate this event on a donation basis. We ask that if you are willing and able, to donate either your time or food and supplies to this effort. Below is a form to submit what you are able to contribute to the dinner. Please select one of every option that you are able to donate. Check back for the form to be updated with what is still needed leading up to the event.

Boxes of to-go food to be distributed around town by organizers of Eat, Gay, Love
Food boxed up and ready to go out to other members of the community (Photo by Justin LaFrancois)

All monetary donations not used directly for the event are donated to Block Love CLT.

Drop-off instructions for food and supplies will be delivered to your email inbox after submitting a donation form. Please include your email for us to keep in contact with you!

We are offering curbside pick-up for anyone who does not feel comfortable being inside the space for dinner.

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A group of people sitting at a table at Eat, Gay, Love 2022 Organizers of the annual Eat, Gay, Love Thanksgiving dinner volunteers serve food at the annual Eat, Gay, Love event photo of a plate of food at the annual Eat, Gay, Love event photo of a plat of food from Eat, Gay, Love people gather to enjoy Eat, Gay, Love every year An array of desserts at Eat, Gay, Love 2022

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