Church carries on Club Q’s Thanksgiving tradition with free meal

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Law enforcement investigators exit Club Q, the site of a weekend mass shooting, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Anderson Lee Aldrich opened fire at Club Q, in which five people were killed and others suffered gunshot wounds before patrons tackled and beat the suspect into submission. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski/AP

Church carries on Club Q’s Thanksgiving tradition with free meal

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A church in Colorado Springs took over Club Q’s annual tradition of providing a Thanksgiving meal at the LGBT nightclub.

This year was the 10th anniversary of Club Q welcoming the public for a free meal on the holiday. In light of the recent shooting, the nightclub has remained closed. The meal was described in a Facebook event as “open free of charge to anyone who would like to attend” and invited attendees to “bring your friends and family to gather as one and bring the community together.”

Pastor Alycia Erickson of Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church posted a video to Facebook prior to the event showing how the chapel had been decorated. Rainbow balloons adorned the dining hall that eventually hosted 200 people Thursday.

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Erickson has been a pastor at the church for seven years. The church describes itself on its Facebook page as “a progressive church grounded in love and committed to spiritual exploration. We welcome people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We are gay, nonbinary, and straight together in Christian community. We also are committed to standing in solidarity with those who are marginalized in our society.”

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The United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire also contributed to the holiday event. It claims to be the “oldest LGBTQIA organization in Southern Colorado” while organizing “charitable and public service projects and events” in the area. Last year, the organization raised over $50,000, according to its website.

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