PrideHouseLA came together at the end of 2020, but its members have been friends for nearly a decade. Founded by Mollee Gray, Jeka Jane, Garrett Clayton, and Kent Boyd, PrideHouse’s members met on sets of TV shows and movies like Teen Beach Movie and So You Think You Can Dance. (In fact, many of them were brought together through dance and are professional dancers!) We caught up with PrideHouseLA for an inside look at their goals, what their house means to them, and how they’re celebrating Pride with a new merch line.
“We wanted to create a safe space for our community to come and feel beautiful living as their authentic self,” the group said about how their friendships inspired a brand new TikTok house. “We all rekindled our friendship during the beginning of the pandemic when we vowed to be each other’s ‘quarantine bubble.” Now, PrideHouseLA not only features Mollee, Jeka, Garrett, and Kent, but they also have reoccurring collabs with proud allies and LGBTQ+ dancers and influencers like Jojo Siwa, EyeAmKi, and Kelsi Davies.
It’s not just dancing, though. “[Our] overall message is to give everyone in the community a place to feel a sense of belonging…to watch our videos and feel safe and happy!” the group shared. They are building an inclusive space in the real world and digitally via their TikTok using dance and the arts to express their passion for promoting acceptance and progress. “We are so honored to be role models for every age group and generation…and to show that being your true, authentic self is enough and it is so beautiful.”
Pride Month has officially ended in 2021, but, of course, that doesn’t mean that PrideHouse is going to stop celebrating what makes everyone unique. They recently released their first line of merch with everything from baby pink dad hats with rainbows on them to comfy hoodies and PrideHouse t-shirts. (You can get yours at PrideHouse.shop.) Since the release, the group has been showing off the merch and how they’re wearing it on all of their social platforms, too. So don’t be surprised if you see future dances outfitted in PrideHouseLA crop tops.