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ICS Official Announcements

Official Announcements from the Queen Mother and the International Court Council

July 26, 2017

After the National Women’s March on Washington I announced that the International Imperial Court Council was going to establish a civil rights arm of our International Imperial Court System: The National LGBT Network U.S.A. Some of you responded positively, a vast majority were silent and had no opinion. A “leader” can only lead an organization if its membership supports his policies and ideas. As I said after the November election last year, the next four years will be a battle with this administration when it comes to our GLBT civil rights.

 Now is the time for the American membership of our court system to help us build this civil rights arm of our international organization. Working together we have accomplished the issuance of a U.S. Postage Stamp and the first U.S. Naval vessel in honor of a gay American citizen. We reside in over 25 states and the District of Columbia. We have proven that we can make a difference and can contribute to the GLBT fight for equality.

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QUEEN MOTHER 1, NICOLE, NAMES HER ROYAL HUSBAND In 1971, the first Emperor within the International Imperial Court System was crowned in Long Beach, California by our beloved founder, Empress Jose... He was Emperor 1, Gregg Lucio. This past Saturday, Queen Mother 1, Nicole, returned to Long Beach to unveil the new "International Royal Order of Emperor 1 Gregg Lucio" award. This is to be presented to Royal male titleholders of the International Imperial Court System, from Emperors and Princes to Lords and Counts. Queen Mother 1, Nicole, after a 10 year reign as a virgin Monarch has decided to take a Royal husband. In Long Beach, California, Her Majesty officially named her new Royal Husband, "Emperor 1 of the Americas, Terry Sidie" of Sacramento, California. The Queen Mother commands all her loyal subjects, that Emperor 1 of the Americas, Terry Sidie be accorded...
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OFFICIAL MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN MOTHER, NICOLE THE GREAT The Queen Mother Nicole the Great is excited to announce that she has heard from the Secretary of the Navy that they are moving forward with the USS Harvey Milk and sending it to Congress. We all know this has a been a dream of the Queen Mothers for many years. And with your help and fortitude we have moved forward. She has asked me to let you all know how eternally grateful she is for all the hard work and campaigning you have all done to make this possible. First the Harvey Milk stamp and now a naval vessel. This is truly a momentous gay for the GLBT community. Nicole is being inundated with calls from every media outlet asking for her e. She has also been contacted by the Milk family, who are beside themselves with this news. Again, Her...
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STATE OF THE EMPIRE  9th Annual Address  Queen Mother, Nicole  Houston, Texas  17 January 2015   Fifty year ago, Empress I Jose, became the first monarch of our now International Court System…… a seed was planted in the city of San Francisco and it grew into a strong royal oak tree, now with branches extending over the three great nations of Canada, the United States and Mexico.              This first month of January marks the beginning our Golden Jubilee … a yearlong celebration of our international Imperial Courts….to begin this coming “Presidents Day Weekend” in San Francisco including a royal event at the historic city hall rotunda of San Francisco. We are honored tonight with the presence of a direct descendant of Empress I Jose, the 49th Absolute Empress of all San Francisco, Misty Blue. We look forward in four weeks to returning to the birth place of our court system...
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OFFICIAL MESSAGE QUEEN MOTHER OF THE AMERICAS EMPRESS NICOLE THE GREAT 9TH ANNIVERSARY OF MY REIGN Nine years ago our beloved founder Empress I Jose crowned me as her successor and Queen Mother I of the Americas in Seattle, Washington ..... and this is where I gave my first "State of the Empire Address".  This coming Saturday night I will be giving my 9th Annual "State of the Empire Address" at Houston's Coronation. 2015 also marks the 20th Anniversary when Empress Jose named me her successor in San Francisco (1995).  Most importantly 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the International Court System and that of our Mother Court, San Francisco.  I am so looking forward to our return to the court's birthplace during President's Day Weekend. Thus as I get ready to depart to Texas and deliver my address ..... I wish to convey to you all my most sincere pride and honor it has been to...
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Royal Announcement International Imperial Court System Canada - Mexico - United States   At the September 2014 meeting of International Imperial Court Council in Cincinnati, Ohio - the Council members voted to name the future successors of Empress I Jose and Queen Mother I Nicole.   Thus, here is the Royal & Official Line of Succession of the International Imperial Court System.   Emperor Rob Surreal                         Empress Coco LaChine Spokane WA                                         New York NY Crown Prince of the Americas            Crown Princess of the Americas Heir, First in Line of Succession               Heir, Fist in Line of Succession   Emperor Scott Seibert                       Empress Nicole Diamond                                                                                         Portland OR                                                   Lexington KY                                                                                                                                                              ...
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Bentley’s auctioneers will conduct an online estate auction of Jose Sarria, Empress I, The Widow Norton, from August 1 to August 11, 2014. The auction proceeds of nearly 2,000 valuable artifacts, including rare jewels, all belonging to the founder of the Imperial Court System (ICS) will go to fund a documentary about the activist’s life. To view the Lots, go to Bentley’s at:

 Sarria passed away in Los Ranchos, New Mexico August 19, 2013, at the age of 90.

“Jose was a collector of fine jewels, coins, antiques and oil paintings,” said Sarria’s executor Tony Ross. “This is a great opportunity to own a bit of LGBT history and for the gay community to support a documentary long overdue on one of our unsung heroes.”

Award winning Los Angeles filmmakers Dante Alencastre and Daniel Carrera are in pre-production on Sarria’s documentary “Nelly Queen,” slated to be released in 2015. Sarria was the first openly gay candidate to run for public office in the United States in 1961, more than a decade before Harvey Milk. 

When San Francisco city officials vowed to shut down all the gay bars in 1961, the 38 year-old cabaret singer ran for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. Although Sarria lost the election, he garnered nearly 6,000 votes, proving for the first time in American politics that there was a gay voting bloc.

Speaker John A. Pérezof the California Assembly noted that “Jose Sarria’s trailblazing run for public office as an openly gay man laid the groundwork for LGBT Californians to run for public office proudly and openly. But Jose's refusal to be silenced or shamed back into the closet--in an era where LGBT People were routinely discriminated against--was the greatest contribution to our movement.

In 1965, Sarria founded the ICS in San Francisco when a group of gay bar owners formed a Tavern Guild as a means to stand in solidarity with one another under the pressure of police harassment. The Guild put on the first large public drag ball in San Francisco's history. The following year, Sarria declared himself Absolute Empress I Jose of the newly formed nonprofit.

ICS was intended mainly for "camp" fun as its members derived royal titles and elected Empresses and Emperors at annual Coronations. However, under Jose's guidance the organization grew to 70 chapters, making it the second largest LGBT nonprofit corporation in the U.S., and since its inception has raised millions of dollars for AIDs organizations and other charities.


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Official Announcement of Queen Mother of the Americas, Nicole the Great Parliament VII January 17, 2014 Houston, TX The Queen Mother of the Americas Empress Nicole the Great Opening Remarks at The Seventh Session of Parliament In a few days, people will be celebrating the birthday of the late  civil rights ICON….Dr. Martin Luther King. His word, wisdom and service to others live on to this day. Dr. King once said: “Everyone can be great…. Because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve…. You don’t even have to make your subject and verb agree to serve….. you only need a heart full of grace…. A soul generated by love….for life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others……?” This early morning, in this, the great state of Texas…..I stand proudly with Canadians and Americans who serve their community, their cities….....
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One year when Jose and I shared a room for a weekend during a New York coronation.  We talked long into the night ..... about everything and everyone!!  Jose really felt that no one would remember her, that people would forget her legacy.  I told her that her beloved court system .... YOU ..... and I would never let that happen. So I established the "Jose Honors" and started and let the campaign to get a street named after her in San Francisco (with the help, support, and leadership of one of my sons, Supervisor Bevan Dufty). This is the first time that Jose has not been involved in the selection process and to be honest I miss our arguing over them (of course she always got her way). This year I especially took the recommendations of the Members of the Jose Honors Board of Governors and it's President, Empress Coco...
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  2014 INTERNATIONAL COURT SYSTEM PROJECT Last year I proclaimed 2013 as the "Year of the Seniors" ..... this year I urge all Courts to focus on the growing issue of Hunger.  Every night millions of children and families go to bed hungry ..... and the need continues to grow every year.  Every city in Canada, Mexico, and the United States has food banks and food delivery agencies (some for seniors others for HIV-AIDS).  Many of our Courts already have events or benefits that support this issue and we are asking all Courts to especially focus on this issue and try to do even more ..... and lets see what all of our court families accomplish within these three great Nations.      ...
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Queen Mother I of the Americas, Empress Nicole the Great's 2013 Holiday Message I had the honor of spending the Canadian Thanksgiving in Toronto this year and it is a season for holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Yesterday I was at our community center at my home court, San Diego held it's 25th annual "Scott Carlson Community Thanksgiving Dinner" for the homeless, seniors, people living with AIDS and cancer ...  hundreds were fed and 50 families with 130 children were delivered groceries and about 25 hospital patients got visits.  A teen homeless shelter and a Tijuana AIDS hospice also were delivered food.   For me during these holiday seasons I take great joy and pride that so many of your courts are doing the same thing in your cities; food and toy drives, special visits, clothing and blanket drives, etc., etc. This year has been a most difficult one...
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Official Message from the Chair of the International Court Council Queen Mother of the Americas, Nicole the Great
US Post Office to Announce Harvey Milk Stamp in 2014
The US Postal Department will be announcing the issuing of the Harvey Milk Stamp in 2014! I want to congratulate all those involved in this historic and successful campaign.  
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