In addition to being a source of emotional support, the main function of houses was for each group to compete with one another at balls. As Dorian Corey, the late founder of House of Corey, so eloquently puts it in Paris Is Burning, "A house is a gay street gang." She adds, "Street gangs get their rewards from street fights. A house street fights at a ball -- and you street fight at a ball by walking in a category."
Some of the more well-known houses include House of Labeija, House of Dupree, House of Ninja, and House of Xtravaganza all founded by iconic drag queens Crystal Labeija, Paris Dupree, Willi Ninja, and Angie Xtravaganza respectively.