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  STATE OF THE EMPIRE ADDRESS Given By QUEEN MOTHER I OF THE AMERICAS EMPRESS NICOLE THE GREAT Saturday, January 14, 2017 Houston Texas     It is my honor, for the second time in my ten year reign, to present my annual “State of the Empire Address” in the great and rightfully proud state of Texas, and the beautiful city of Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States.  During her term as Governor, Ann Richards proclaimed me an “Honorary Citizen of Texas”, an honor I will always cherish close to my heart.  And so, as an honorary citizen of this great state, let’s make history and send the Houston Texans to the Super Bowl!     We, of the Imperial Court System, are proud that we are one of the oldest GLBT organizations in the world, and even more proud to be an international organization serving the citizens of three...
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OFFICIAL MESSAGE FROM QUEEN MOTHER I of THE AMERICAS EMPRESS NICOLE THE GREAT November 21, 2016 When We Rise (UPDATE: ABC will air its new LGBT civil rights historical miniseries old-school-style, scheduling episodes for two hours a night for four nights, 9-11 p.m. Feb. 27 through March 2. ) On behalf of Queen Mother I of the Americas, Nicole the Great. it is with great excitement that I am able to share with you this evening, the trailer for "When We Rise" the Mini Series on ABC. written by Academy Award Winner. Lance Black. This evening, Academy Award winner Lance Black told Queen Mother, Nicole the Great that he was so glad to have announced this project for the very first time in public, in October 2015 at the 50th Golden Jubilee State Dinner in Portland, Oregon. Lance also told the Queen Mother that he was so proud to have kept his word to the International Court System to make our Founder,...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is naming a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served in the Navy for four years before he began a career in San Francisco city government. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Tuesday that Milk displayed tremendous courage fighting for the rights of the LGBT community. The ship is one of a new fleet of replenishment oilers that will be built in San Diego. Milk’s career as a Navy officer, however, ended with an “other than honorable” discharge, due to allegations of fraternization with enlisted personnel. Some argue that Milk was forced out of the military because he was gay. A defense official said Tuesday that Milk accepted the other than honorable discharge to avoid possible disciplinary action. Fraternization with enlisted personnel by an officer is against military regulations — whether they are the same or different genders. The official was...
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Queen Mother Nicole Murray-Ramirez to be featured on Bravo! with Andy Cohen Photo credit:NBC7 San Diego "Then and Now with Andy Cohen" revisits pop culture in the last several decades with a panel of celebrity commentators. San Diego's Nicole Murray-Ramirez is an LGBT activist and cultural historian.  Television producer Andy Cohen wants to take Ramirez’s knowledge of the ages and include him in a panel of celebrity guests for his show on Bravo! called “Then and Now with Andy Cohen.” The show turns back the LED alarm clock several decades to re-visit some of the biggest stories in pop culture spanning from entertainment to politics. “The producer got ahold of me and said that they would like me to come in, and they would like to film me,” Ramirez said. “The show is about culture, they said they are going to be asking me about everything from Beanie Babies to politics to the community.”...
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   Jose Julio Sarria as the Widow Norton in 2011. Photo: Rick Gerharter by Matthew S. Bajko m.bajko@ebar.com of the BAY AREA REPORTER   Friends and admirers of Jose Julio Sarria, a gay man and drag queen who left a lasting impact on politics and the LGBT community, are seeking to have him inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Created in 2006 by the California Museum, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his former wife, Maria Shriver, the Hall of Fame honors residents of the state who have made lasting contributions to society. Honorees receive the Spirit of California medal, and their accomplishments become part of the permanent record in the California State Archives. The list of 90-plus individuals selected to date includes two lesbians and one gay man, as well as a female inductee who has had same-sex relationships but does not identify as lesbian or bisexual. During his time...
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(Advocate Magazine, January 19, 2015) This 1987 essay by Bayard Rustin reveals a personal account of MLK's feelings toward gay people. It is difficult for me to know what Dr. King felt about gayness except to say that I'm sure he would have been sympathetic and would not have had the prejudicial view. Otherwise he would not have hired me. He never felt it necessary to discuss that with me. He was under such extraordinary pressure about his own sex life. J. Edgar Hoover was spreading stories, and there were very real efforts to entrap him. I think at a given point he had to reach a decision. My being gay was not a problem for Dr. King but a problem for the movement. He finally came to the decision that he needed to talk with some people in his organization. Reverend Thomas Kilgore, a good friend of mine and pastor...
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Read the Official Autobiography of Harvey Milk that was distributed during the First Day Issue Ceremony for the stamp in his honor!  Harvey Milk First Day Issue Ceremony Autobiography...
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You're invited to join the City of West Hollywood in commemorating Harvey Milk Day at two events on May 19th and May 22nd!   The contributions of Harvey Milk will be celebrated at the West Hollywood City Council meeting on Monday, May 19, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm with various activities including video shorts, an interactive lobby display and an informal reception in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers  located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.   (The meeting start time is 6:30 pm and the presentations will begin at appx 6:45 pm.)       The City Council will present a commendation to the International Court System,  one of the oldest and largest predominantly gay organizations in the world, for leading the successful national campaign for the Harvey Milk Forever Postage Stamp. Special guests include San Diego Human Relations Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, who is the Executive Director of the International Court System and Chair...
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EXCLUSIVE: Campaign seeks to honor Rustin with postage stamp January 13, 2014 By Thom Senzee on January 13, 2014 Bayard Rustin, gay news, Washington Blade Bayard Rustin was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington.The same advocates who worked for years to convince the United States Postal Service to issue its first Harvey Milk postage stamp have launched an all-out effort to win approval for a new stamp honoring Bayard Rustin, the openly gay organizer of the iconic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  The official launch of the Bayard Rustin USA/National Stamp Campaign will be announced at the 2014 Creating Change Conference (Jan. 29-Feb. 2 in Houston) by none other than Rustin’s longtime partner, Walter Naegle, who recently also accepted the Medal of Freedom from President Obama on behalf of Rustin, who died in 1987.  The idea for a campaign to win approval for a stamp honoring...
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Task Force Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 —The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force celebrates the confirmation by the United States Postal Service that it will introduce a stamp commemorating LGBT rights pioneer and one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., Harvey Milk. He will become the first openly LGBT elected official to be featured on U.S. postage. 

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