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Pride House LA Sways Their Advocacy for a Younger Generation

When you harmonize the world of professional dance and LGBTQ+ advocacy, you get one of the most impactful queer groups on TikTok — Pride House LA.

Photo: Pride House LA's Instagram

Interview by Valerie Furlong. Profile by David Matos.

The multi-talented trio, Mollee Gray, Kent Boyd, and Jeka Jane are the friendly faces of the LGBTQ+ safe and inclusive space on TikTok, Pride House LA. Since its start, the group has accumulated a whopping 6.6 million likes and over 400,000 followers on the platform. They started coming together during the first few months of the pandemic when life became digital and TikTok transformed into the go-to source of entertainment.

“We wanna show people, you know, what it's like to be a part of the community and we want it to be normalized. We wanna have the same rights as everyone else. And we want to be able to have that representation,” Boyd said.

Their colorful TikTok presence garnered much media attention when singer and dancer Jojo Siwa came out in a video posted on Boyd’s TikTok account.

On Jan. 20, 2021, Siwa danced with the TikTok house to Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun,” which earned over two million likes on the platform. Later that same day, Siwa posted a video of her lip-syncing Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” which solidified her coming out to the world. As Siwa is better known for her sparkly child-friendly persona, coming out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community was a big moment for a new generation of queer people.

“I think it really gave us the energy and confidence to be that safe space. I mean, we created that energy and space for her to feel herself and then it just so happened to blossom and grow and manifest into this amazing icon that she is now for our community and has so much more to offer,” Boyd said.