Support LGBTQ+ Youth at This Virtual Gayla Featuring Be Steadwell, SassyBlack and Big Freedia

One of the things Autostraddle readers write in and ask us all the time — especially over the past year — is how they can materially help LGBTQ+ communities. There are so many things to be done, in so many places, in so many ways, it’s hard to know where to focus our attention. Well, good news: we’ve heard from Autostraddle and A-Camp friend and fave El Sánchez about a non-profit they work with supporting LGBTQ+ youth in Washington. It’s called Pizza Klatch, and it’s a safe space for 300-400+ youth who attend groups each week, where they learn to “self-advocate, build community, develop confidence, and easily access resources as they explore and develop their identities.” Imagine having a space like that when you were a teenager!

On April 10th, Pizza Klatch is hosting its seventh annual gayla — all virtual this year — to raise funds for the organization. This year’s theme is InterGaylactic, which is especially amazing if you know El and their deep Star Trek roots; in fact, they’re hosting a character named Gayle Evans that is a professional astrologer that was abducted by friendly aliens in 1997 and has been traveling space with them since! The gayla will also include performances from Be Steadwell, SassyBlack and Big Freedia!

Tickets start at $25 and offer add-on options like the Ride Sally Ride cocktail kit or even a catered meal delivered to your door! There’s also a silent auction — running right now through mid-April — with items ranging from beautiful hand-made goodies to vacation packages to online tarot readings. Or, you can simply donate!

Also, I know how much you love cute gay merch.

The live-streaming Pizza Klatch Gayla will take place on April 10th at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST (pre-show 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM).

You can follow Pizza Klatch on Twitter or Facebook for more!

Pizza Klatch would like to cordially invite you to A Slice of the Good Life: The 7th Annual Pizza Klatch Gayla. A completely virtual fundraiser. Saturday, April 10th 2021. Show Streams 7pm too 8pm PST. With a Live Prize Raffle, Paddle Raise, Virtual Photo Booth and Online Auction. Performances by PK Students and special guests BE STEADWELL, SASSY BLACK and BIG FREEDIA! Hosted by comedian El Sanchez as famed 90’s astrologer and alien abductee Gayle Evas! ALL PROCEEDS GO TO PIZZA KLATCH, a Thurston County non-profit organization that provides in-school support groups for LGBTQ+ youth. For tickets and more info go to pizzaklatch.org. Artwork by PK student Kackenzy Starr.


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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter, and Instagram.

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