• Robin Backstage

    19th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns, backstage preparing to be crowned Empress XIX of the Imperial Court of New York.

  • NOATG06_ActI

    20th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns. Presenting the Diamond Award to Logo Network.

  • NOATG06_ActII

    20th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns, channelling Josephine and Napoleon.

  • NOATG06 Opening Number, NOTalot

    Robin in the opening number, NOTalot, 20th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns

At Court — Dressing up for a cause

As José Sarria, the founder of the Imperial Court, said when he was first asked to be the queen of a San Francisco ball over 45 years ago, “Queen? They’re all queens. Make me the Empress.” And so they did. The rest is history which you can read on the New York Court’s website.

I am Empress XIX of the Imperial Court of New York, an honor I am very proud of. I reigned with Emperor XIV Tony Monteleone in 2005-6 and now serve on the Board of Directors and as CoChair of  the Court’s Sponsorship Committee.

The Court is an amazing outlet for a drag queen who would otherwise have few ways to express her passion, and while I’m at it I can support the fine charities that work so hard for our communities. During our year as reigning monarchs, Tony and I attended 85 events. it was a lot of work, but so gratifying to have been out there representing our part of the diversity spectrum in support of the entire LGBT community.

I encourage you to join our organization if you are in any way motivated by dressing up to support a good cause. And, believe me, the men of the Court are just as flamboyant as we drags. Just check out Tony.

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