McDowell SAGE Friendsgiving Potluck this Sunday at MACA

Members of Marion’s LGBT community and those with hungry appetites are welcomed to a pre-Thanksgiving potluck.

McDowell SAGE (Sexuality and Gender Equality) is holding a Friendsgiving Potluck Dinner this Sunday at 6 p.m. at the MACA building.

SAGE founder Alecia Morgan described the creation of the group and their overall purpose.

“I started SAGE as a secret Facebook group (to protect the identities of those not out) in January 2016 and we have been having meetings and activities since,” said Morgan. “I constantly heard people wish we had an LGBT resource in Marion, and that they wished someone would start something, so I decided that I could at least try to put something in motion. With so much negativity happening in the world right now, I thought it important to make sure the LGBT community in Marion knew that they were not alone.”

When the group first formed, according to Morgan, news spread mostly through word of mouth and fliers. With the holidays coming up and LGBT members coming home to what may be hostile environments or where they cannot safely express their authentic selves, the group decided to hold a Friendsgiving dinner to get the word out.

“It is so important for people to feel like they belong, and that is especially true during the holidays. Too many LGBT people are rejected by their families and friends, and I want them to know that there are people in Marion who care about them,” said Morgan.

As of now, the menu for the event includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a variety of pies, and drinks. All menu items are free of charge and those attending are welcomed to bring a dish if they’d like.

The event, says Morgan, is family friendly and people are encouraged to bring their kids.

The McDowell SAGE Friendship Potluck Dinner starts this Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the MACA building on South Main Street. For more information, please go to the McDowell SAGE Friendsgiving Facebook Page.

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