Frat House

Ted Heier opened a gay bar called Frat House in 1984 in the sleepy city of Garden Grove. Ted created a safe space for himself and for others inside the Frat, while publicly pushing gay rights forward in a staunchly conservative Orange County. All of these bars, though, would eventually close down. Today, Ted’s daughter Shelly fights to keep her father’s business alive, as Frat House is the last remaining gay bar in Garden Grove.


  • Nancy Nguyen
  • Nancy Nguyen is a filmmaker from Garden Grove, California. She explores overlooked histories in queer spaces and the Vietnamese diaspora with a focus in archival research. FRAT HOUSE, her documentary short about the last gay bar in her hometown, was covered by The Advocate and the LA Times. In 2019, she received an international documentary scholarship to shoot a film in Paraguay with Fundación Paraguaya. Currently, Nancy is a post-production assistant on the feature documentary NEW WAVE.

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