Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood

History

The Imperial Court system was founded in San Francisco 1965 by Jose Julio Sarra, a queer activist and drag performer. The system, modeled after European royal courts, eventually spread all over the country and the world as a way to unite LGBTQ+ communities. The Imperial Court of Los Angeles was founded in 1970 as a beauty contest and place to gather the queer community of the city. In 1974 the first empress and emperor were elected.

 

Forty years later, the Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood still provides a space for fellowship and fun through elegant balls and drag shows while also placing a strong importance on giving back to the community.

Community

The Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood affirms members of the LGTQ+ community in the city and provides a space to celebrate and feel free while raising money for key services. 

 

They fundraise through their signature drag shows, coronation events, and auctions. The court has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities and they’ve created programs to provide services to the LGBTQ+ community. Through a partnership with the mayor’s office and city council members, the Imperial Court spends one night a month walking West Hollywood to connect with homeless folks in the community. They serve food and provide information about medical and other life saving services. 

  • Social Service
  • Education
  • Dance

Media

We need to mentor the future generations - and guide them to do the same thing - help their community.

Explore more Cultural Treasures

  • In food/ person
    Amalia’s Restaurant
  • In music/ person
    Arzeen Mohammad Kamal
  • In dance/ person
    Ballet Folklorico Ollin and Francisco Verdín
  • In group
    BIBAK Los Angeles
  • In dance/ event/ place
    Cane Carevski and SoCal Folk Fest
  • In food
    Carousel Restaurant
  • In Organization/ person
    Centro Cultural Techantit
  • In place
    Charles White Gallery
  • In group
    Chervona Kalyna
  • In event/ Organization
    COFECA and Central American Independence Parade and Festival
  • In place
    Dokya Bookstore
  • In place
    El Salvador Corridor
  • In person
    Elson Trinidad
  • In person/ place
    Faroh
  • In Organization
    Gender Justice LA
  • In person
    Gino Gamboa
  • In group/ place
    Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
  • In place
    Historic Filipinotown & “Filipino Americans: A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy” Mural At Unidad Park
  • In place
    Hollyhock House
  • In place
    Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Funeral Home
  • In Organization
    Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood
  • In event/ group
    Indigenous Pride LA
  • In person
    Jewel Thais-Williams
  • In person
    Jilly Canizares and Fil Am Arts
  • In person
    June Lee – Sejong Korean Music Studio
  • In dance/ group
    Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (J.U.i.C.E.)
  • In food/ music/ place
    La Fonda & Mariachi Los Camperos
  • In music/ place
    Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
  • In place
    Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
  • In event
    Los Angeles Korean Festival
  • In food/ person
    Mama’s Hot Tamales & Sandi “Mama” Romero
  • In group
    Mantra Siam
  • In Organization
    Mundo Maya Foundation
  • In Organization
    Peru Village LA
  • In group
    Regional Organization of Oaxaca (ORO)
  • In person/ place
    Saint Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church
  • In group
    Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)
  • In event
    Sunday Jump
  • In event
    Thai New Years Festival
  • In Organization/ place
    The Children’s Institute, Inc.
  • In Organization
    TransLatin@ Coalition
  • In place
    Tropico de Nopal
  • In group
    Ukrainian Arts Center
  • In place
    We Are Still Here Mural
  • In group/ person
    YESSS & Daniel Morales