Imperial Coronation Celebrations: Voting and Parties Fill the Royal Roster

by David-Elijah Nahmod

Bay Area Reporter

Tuesday February 15, 2022

On February 19, residents of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties will have the opportunity to vote for a new Empress and Emperor of San Francisco. Voting will take place at the Cinch, 1723 Polk Street, from 11am to 4pm, at the Castro Muni Station from 12 noon-6pm, and at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom Street, from 1pm-5pm. All voters must present valid ID proving residency in one of the three counties. Several related events are scheduled for the next two weeks.

It was quite a year for outgoing Empress Juanita MORE!, who reigned over San Francisco with wit, glamour and compassion alongside her Emperor David Glamamore. Both have reigned since April 25. 2021. As she prepares to step down, MORE! looked back on her reign with pride.

"The Emperor Mr. David Glamamore, The Court of More is MORE!, and I have worked tirelessly throughout this very challenging year to fundraise, create a bigger family, and build a stronger community," MORE! told the Bay Area Reporter. "We have created one of the most diverse courts in the history of the Imperial family."

MORE! said she will never forget her year on the throne. "It has been an honor to serve San Francisco in this capacity," she said. "I will forever be grateful."

Soon a new empress will be crowned, and in less than a week we'll know who she is. For Empress candidate Ehra Amaya, this is an exciting time, a time of hope and reflection. Amaya came to this country eleven years ago from the Philippines, and for a time struggled to find her place in the community. But that soon changed. Amaya found a welcoming home with the Imperial Council.

"The members welcomed me with open arms," she said. "The organization has a long history of supporting our community and people who may feel that they don't belong, people like me."

One of Amaya's role models has been MORE!

"She has always been amazing to me and definitely achieved what she set out to do," Amaya said. "Juanita has shown a much needed spotlight on the organization, both in person and online. And naturally, she's bolstered our ranks with a lot of fresh new faces and perspectives."

Amaya has high hopes for her reign should she win. She has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 to support the work of the organizations that will benefit from the council's ongoing efforts to build a better community.

"Should the wonderful people of San Francisco elect me their Empress, my mission will be to connect LGBTQIA+ people who need immigration, education, and healthcare assistance with organizations that can help them," she said. "Nonprofits that will offer stability, security, and opportunity."

The Imperial Council has a number of events scheduled:

Empress Galilea 14th Annual Earthquake Party, February 20, 4-7pm.
Absolute Empress 41 Galilea will be joined by Jackie Best, Stephen Dorsey, and Marisol Miranda for the 14th edition of this fun party. Aunt Charlie's Lounge, 133 Turk St.

In Town Show/Awards, February 23, 6-9pm.
Hosted by outgoing Emperor and Empress David Glamamore and Juanita MORE! at Blackbird Bar, 2124 Market St.

Anniversary Monarch's Reception, February 24, 7-8:30pm
Hosted by Emperor XXVIII A. N. John Carillo and Absolute Empress XLIX Misty Blue; Ha-Ra Club, 875 Geary St.

Out of Town Show, February 25, 6-9pm
Priority to reigning monarchs. The Cat Club, 1190 Folsom St. $25

Hospitality, February 26, 11am-2pm
The Imperial Council reserves the right to edit all protocol for brevity, they strictly observe the one title, one walk rule. No house names, award recipient titles permitted. Monikers will be permitted for reigning monarchs only. Hyatt Regency, 50 Third St.

Coronation 57, February 26, 5-11:55pm
Coronation starts promptly at 6pm at the Midway, 900 Marin St. Complimentary bus transportation from the host hotel will be provided starting at 4:30pm.

Annual Cemetery Pilgrimage, February 27, 8-11am
Hosted by the Brotherhood of Emperors; bus departs host hotel at 8am; for the new monarchs to clean the plaque of our founder, then to Woodlawn Cemetery for the traditional pilgrimage to Emperor Norton and Empress Jose.

Victory Brunch, February 27, 11:30am-1:30pm
Host Hotel, Hyatt Regency, 50 Third St. $30

Hawaii, Alaska and Texas Party, February 27, 3-6pm
Hosted by the Courts of Hawaii, Alaska and Texas. Detour SF, 2200A Market St.

For more info, visit www.sfimperialcouncil.org


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