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Honoring Our Hero: Remembering José Julio Sarria


Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Honoring Our Hero: Remembering José Julio Sarria

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Advance ticket price available through August 12
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Jose Sarria as Empress I, the Widow Norton

Before Ellen...before Harvey...there was José Sarria...

In the early 1960s, José Julio Sarria proclaimed himself Empress of San Francisco, The Widow Norton. He founded the international Imperial Court system and from the stage of the Black Cat bar in North Beach, he spoke out against the vice squad. In 1961 he became the first openly gay man in the country to run for public office. 

Openhouse is proud to bring together the family who loved and admired José on the first anniversary of his passing. Join moderator Donna Sachet and a panel of friends and experts for a lively exploration of José's historic role in the fight for LGBT rights. Cash bar starting 6:00 p.m. Buy your ticket on-line by midnight August 12 and save $5!

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"I decided then to be the most notorious impersonator or homosexual or fairy or whatever you wanted to call me–and you would pay me for it."—José Sarria

Photograph courtesy of Nate Goudy.

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When & Where

LGBT Community Center
1800 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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Founded in San Francisco in 1998, Openhouse enables San Francisco Bay Area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services and community programs. Openhouse works to reduce isolation and empower LGBT seniors to improve their health, well-being and economic security.

Join us in creating a vibrant, healthy and secure future for LGBT seniors in San Francisco and the Bay Area!


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