"I moved in here when I didn’t have a place to live and I was like, it would be really cool if this was a safe space where we had shows," said Alyssa Kelley who has lived in Gay House since 2012.
Gay House is located in Columbia, MO. The small green house waves a gay pride flag off the front and is situated between three large fraternity houses.
Out-of-town bands hear about Gay House and then reach out on Facebook to book a show. Alyssa said that Gay House is the only consistent house venue in Columbia.
Although Alyssa has lived in the house for five years, the other residents of the house are always changing. “Everyone who moves in understands that it’s a safe space and that we have shows.” While hosting shows is great, ensuring a safe space is the most important. “If someone said to me, I’m not down with living in a safe space, then I would be like, well then you can move out,” Alyssa said. "But when it comes to having shows, every time we have a show, we ask permission from everyone in the house." If anyone wanted to stop having shows, then they would stop having shows.