Since 2012, NWA Equality has partnered with various groups to feed those in the LGBTQ community that can’t get home to see family, maybe their chosen family is already here, or maybe they’re just looking for an excuse to eat and socialize! Whatever the reason, Rainbow Thanksgiving is an annual event where we want to see shining faces and cranberry-stained shirts for a whole lot of feasting and fun.
In 2019 we worked to expand the event by collaborating with many of Northwest Arkansas’ other LGBTQ organizations and supporting organizations. Those partners were The Abbey of Hillbilly Harlots, the Arkansas Crisis Center, Bentonville Follies, NWA Equality, PFLAG of NW Arkansas, Prism Takeover, and the Transgender Equality Network. This new effort grew the event’s capacity from 125 to over 300 people.