House/Ballroom Culture

An underground subculture consisting of mainly Black and Latine members of the LGBTQI+ community who represent their Houses by ‘walking’ or competing in categories to earn recognition and awards within their community. ‘Houses’ are chosen families that individuals compete with and often live with (see Family). Walk categories are often representations and performances of the barriers that Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) face in accessing formal employment, housing, and public services, e.g., passing as cisgender, performing masculine and feminine stereotypes, and conspicuous wealth.