50 Years of Fabulous (a work-in-progress)
Thu Nov 16, 19:00
Film, 91, Free
A rich, historical documentary about the oldest surviving LGBT charity organisation in the world, The Imperial Council of San Francisco, which has been playing a vital role in the advocacy for LGBTIQA+ human rights for 50 years through the leadership and fundraising of its fabulous (drag) Empress and Emperor.
In 1961, drag performer José Sarria became the first ever openly gay candidate for public office in the United States. Despite losing his bid for San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Sarria was inspired by the support he received, and founded the Imperial Council in 1965 as a volunteer-run social club that supported the queer community and raised money for the most essential community needs. Over its 50 year history, this remarkable organisation has inspired dozens of chapter groups across the United States and remains incredibly vital in the current political climate, even as the old school structure struggles to keep up with the changing times.
This is a work-in-progress screening, so we invite you to come, have a drink, watch the film, give your honest feedback to the filmmaking team and some very special guests.
Find our more about the film: 50yearsoffab.com