San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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!
|TICKETS $25 AT THE DOOR
|"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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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!