QUEER VOICES
06/20/2017 10:16 am ET Updated Jun 20, 2017

This Stunning Video Aims To Raise LGBTQ Awareness Through Dance

The Hollywood streets haven't looked this romantic since "La La Land."

Two men get into the Pride Month groove on the Los Angeles streets in this colorful music video that’s also a retro-inspired meet cute. 

Released by the DanceOn Network, the video stars dancers Derek Tabada and Will Johnston, who sport jewel-toned Paul Smith suits as they perform a playful, acrobatic routine to the tune of singer-songwriter Dylan Hyde’s “Clearly.” Eagle-eyed viewers may recognize Johnston, who also choreographed the number, from “The LGBTQAlphabet,” a similarly queer-inclusive video produced by Equinox in collaboration with the LGBT Community Center and released earlier this month. 

At one point, the dancers strut their stuff in front of Paul Smith’s West Hollywood storefront, which received a rainbow makeover earlier this month as part of an Instagram Pride Month initiative

DanceOn CEO Amanda Taylor told HuffPost her company hoped to “act as an ally and an advocate” for the LGBTQ community by releasing the video, which aims to “channel artistic expression for positive change.” Last year, the group produced a contemporary dance homage to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub tragedy that has since received over 2 million views on YouTube

The Paul Smith storefront, of course, is typically painted pink, and is known as one of the most photographed locations of its kind in Southern California. Unveiled June 7, the new paint job is one of five “rainbow walls” created by Instagram to “strengthen relationships through shared experiences,” particularly among members of the LGBTQ community. Visitors are asked to share images of themselves in front of the five walls, which will also appear in London, Madrid, Cleveland and Nashville, Tennessee, with the hashtag #KindComments so that others can use Instagram to find a “community of support.”

“For Pride, we hope the rainbow walls become physical structures that inspire kind comments and support,” Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine told HuffPost, “but equally create an opportunity for people to come together on Instagram to support the LGBTQ community.”

Take a look at some photographs from the June 7 rainbow wall debut below. 

  • Patrick Starr and Jacob Tobia
    Jeff Vespa
    Patrick Starr and Jacob Tobia
  • Ivy Bottini and Dan Morin
    Jeff Vespa
    Ivy Bottini and Dan Morin
  • Joey Graceffa and Hannah Hart 
    Jeff Vespa
    Joey Graceffa and Hannah Hart 
  • Sierra Prescott
    Jeff Vespa
    Sierra Prescott
  • Tegan & Sara
    Jeff Vespa
    Tegan & Sara
  • Jill Gutowitz, Alexis G. Hall and Andrew Lowe 
    Jeff Vespa
    Jill Gutowitz, Alexis G. Hall and Andrew Lowe 

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