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"United we stand, divided they catch us one by one" - Jose Sarria

A documentary feature about the oldest surviving LGBT charity organization in the world, The Imperial Council of San Francisco

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50 YEARS OF FABULOUS recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world. Founded in San Francisco by renown activist, drag queen and performer Jose Sarria, the Council has helped shaped LGBT life and social history in San Francisco and beyond throughout the last five decades. Sarria was also the first openly gay man to run for political office in the United States in 1961.

From its genesis as a critical public space for the community and capacity building of LGBT San Franciscans, to its vital role in the advocacy for LGBT human rights, 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS documents the full scope of the organization’s historical evolution up to its contemporary struggle in finding relevance -- both in the wake of social progress it has helped foster, and in light of a newly empowered political coalition committed to rolling back a half-century of civil rights achievements.

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Executive Producer / David Lassman
Director / Jethro Patalinghug
Producer / Marc Smolowitz
Producer/ Donna Sachet


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Meet the Monarchs


News and Updates

Special thanks to all our donors!


Queen Mother of the Americas

Nicole the Great and the International Imperial Court System

of the USA, Canada & Mexico


Terry Sidie

King Father 1 of the Americas


Jerry Coletti


Amnon and Katie Rodan

Blue Angel Vodka 

Timothy Szlyk and Thorin & Co


Patty Mcgroin’s Dollhouse


Emperor Kevin Lisle and Empress Khmera Rouge

and the Imperial Court of Kourage, Klass, Leather and Lace


Emperor Nic Hunter and Empress Mercedez Munro

and the Court of Inclusion, Community and Hope


Kanbar Charitable Trust


Judy Swanson

Nancy and Fred Livingston

Harvey and Deborah Shein Family Fund

Joseph Cozza

Joe Bisazza

Amanda Duckworth

Linda Abrahamians

Francine Feder

Jane and Glen Hickerson


Shirlee Rhine

Tony Tantillo

Marilyn and Ron Bacchli

Lu Conrad

Gerald Jeffkin

Yuri Volodarsky

Shelly Shaw

Astrid Zon Linchgerstien

Cary Bernstein

Robert J Simpson

Patricia Guinnane

Diana Childress

Cameron Stiehl

Deena Cartier

Solange Marzouk Darwish (Cove Cafe)

PJ Sedillo and Tony Ross

Phillip Archer

Absolute Empress 16, Pushy Phyllis

Absolute Empress 44, Angelina Josephine Manicotti

Michael Taglieri Housh

Maureen D'Hnoue

Ron Patton

Jeri Stewart

Marc Lassman

Marty Fogal


Ronda Pacheco

Meredith O

David Bracamontes

Terry and Ben Penn

Pete Szymanski

Jay Kushner

David Carver

Billy Lockyer

Ralph Hyman

Carol Costagan

Jane Bogart

Ty VanHelsing

Piper Mcgroin


Our larger San Francisco Bay Area Community

that has supported us through our many fundraisers.



The International Court Council

Terry Beswick, Sean Greene, Joanna Black and the GLBT Historical Society

Alex Karotsch, Muffin Hix and the team at Fringe!

Oakland Museum of California

SF Pride


Michelle Meow

Adam Dziesinski

Jenni Olson

Chloe Trayner

Christina Linden

Lindsay Wright

SF Bay Times


Pride Radio



Cocktails with Cameron

Valerie Branch

Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl - Podcast

Adam Sandel

Neil Torrefiel

Yves Averous

Chris Knight

Celso Delay

Brenden Shucart

Alex Garner

The Whitcomb Hotel

Terry and Benjamin Penn

The Lassman Family

Garaje Gooch Photography

Karin Jaffie

Amir Jaffer

Cameron Stiehl

The Imperial Council of SF and the members of the Imperial family

John Weber

Misty Blue


John Carrillo

PJ Sedillo and Tony Ross

The Joseph Cozza Salon and Spa

Shawn Doyle

Javid Soriano

Betty Sullivan

Jen Viegas

Chloe Veltman

Susie Hernandez

Aine Henderson

Alexandra Barrows

Christina Linden

Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr.


Fiscal Sponsor

Imperial Court of San Francisco


Made possible, in part, with support from

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GLBT Historical Society Logo

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