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Queen Mother Nicole's Journal Entry II - Washington D.C. Coronation
September 14, 2013 - Washington D.C. Coronation:
Since the late 1960’s I’ve been coming to Washington DC having served on many National GLBT and Latino Civil Rights organization, including all five national LGBT Marches on Washington (and co-chairing twice).
I always wished we had a court in DC and after a couple of attempts by good minded people… there is now a solid and productive Court in our nation’s capital. This year marked their second Coronation at the Marriott Hotel Metro Centre was a great success!
I started the weekend with the Friday night bus tour (well, at least half of it) and had a great time with the visitors and DC locals who filled two big buses. When we arrived at one of the clubs, “Phase 1” it had actually shut its doors and never told anyone! We had a great time on the street gossiping and talking to each other until the buses returned. Of course my favorite club is Secrets with over a dozen all nude male dancers. There is so much to see and take in… America’s capitol city is definitely a top tourist destination. Do check out the new Martin Luther King Museum.
The Imperial Court of Washington D.C. is a most regal Court and has a close relationship with “The Academy”- a GLBT social organization which just celebrated its 51st Anniversary! Yes, you read right- over 50 years… longer than the International Court System. Their members are very nice and their Matriarch, Mame, reminds me of Jose.
The DC Coronation was fast paced and highly entertaining and the buffet was one of the best ever. Emperor I Fidel was the sole Monarch and is very popular with over $30,000 donated to charity during his reign. This does not include what their Natasha Carrington raised in one drag show in Richmond, Virginia- over $17000!
At DCs first Coronation Ball I was proclaimed their “Queen Mother” and this year the Board of Directors named their Student Scholarship after me; the “Nicole Murray Ramirez Student Scholarship”. Needless to say I am deeply honored.
Their newly elected Monarchs are Emperor II Ken and Empress II Destiny. Ken is a proud Native American. I also had the honor of recognizing a DC GLBT Youth Center for young people 13-18 years of age. The Sunday Brunch at Bistro! Bistro! has to be one of the best in all of North America... right in the middle of “DuPont Circle”, the gay neighborhood of Washington DC.
The Court of DC enters its second year with 47 active Court Members and their hardworking Board President is Gene Brake. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria will be visiting DC in a few weeks and has plans to meet with Gene and other Court members. A special thank you to DC Diva “Tula”, and it was great seeing so many eastern state and Canadian Court members in Washington DC. DC is off to a fabulous start and I am so proud of all of you!!!
Journal entry No. 2
By my hand, Nicole, Q.M.I
Next state visits:
Ducal Court of San Francisco’s 40th Anniversary, Cincinnati, Ohio Coronation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Coronation, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles/Hollywood.