HUGE thanks to Autostraddle and Heather Hogan for this amazing write up about our upcoming A Slice of the Good Life virtual Gayla! You can read the article here.
Thanks to ThurstonTalk for this write up of our upcoming Gayla on April 10 (read the full article here)!: “Our annual Gayla is one of our most anticipated events of the year,” says Jay Banks, executive director for Pizza Klatch. “It is a space where we can celebrate and come together with the community. Our […]
To Our Dear Olympia Community, In the wake of mass movements across the country which aim to dismantle systemic racism, even our small city has a role to play. As Olympia strives toward a safe, peaceful, and just world for all, we have found ourselves embedded in turmoil over how this better world can become […]
June 30th, 2020 Dear community members, colleagues and grantors, My name is Jay Banks (they/them), and I have accepted the position of Executive Director at Pizza Klatch. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and give you an idea of the direction Pizza Klatch is headed. We find ourselves in a time of […]
Preface: We acknowledge the following statement is coming late during a time when genuine solidarity and swift action are vital. We apologize for the harm our silence may have caused. Historically, Pizza Klatch has failed its Black community across the board, from the staff to the youth we serve. Current […]
Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, as of March 9, 2020, Pizza Klatch and its satellite groups are closed to in-person, face-to-face gatherings of youth until further notice. Pizza Klatch now has online groups available for LGBTQ+ youth. Check out our COVID-19 Response page located under both ‘Resources’ and ‘News/Events’ on our menu for […]
Article about the 6th Annual Gayla in Thurston Talk! Read it here!
Pizza Klatch is serving on average, 440 LGBTQ+ students and their allies weekly across twenty-eight (28) support groups in all fourteen (14) public high schools and one (1) middle school in Thurston County. All youth are welcome, including allies, the only key to participation is to be respectful and validating of the unique experiences and […]
Pizza Klatch is on the Move! The past year has brought tremendous growth and challenges. Just last year we moved into a new space, grew our team to over thirty volunteers and five staff, and celebrated our first school year partnering with a record number of schools hosting Pizza Klatch support groups for LGBTQ+ youth. […]
Huge thanks to North Thurston Public Schools for a recent piece highlighting our work within their district! “…Through Pizza Klatch, students have a place to feel welcome and accepted. They can express themselves and talk about whatever is going on in their lives with other kids in person — an exception in today’s fast-paced, online […]