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THE IMPERIAL COURT OF NEW YORK PRESENTS THE THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL


The Imperial Court of New York with

Their Most Imperial Sovereign Majesties

Emperor XXVIII Antonio T. Ventura

The Dedicated Dragon Emperor of Innovation, Involvement, and Inclusion

and

Empress XXXIII Chuleta Devine The Goodness Empress of Love, Jubilance, and Philanthropy

proudly presents

“An Evening At The Theater” Charity/Coronation Ball To Benefit The Hetrick Martin Institute and The Hudson Pride Center Saturday, March 28, 2020

The New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, New York City Trianon Complex Witness the Coronation Ceremonies of

Emperor XXIX Graham D’Craquer and

Empress XXXIV Madelyn Keyth

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T.M.I.S.M EMPEROR XXVIII ANTONIO T. VENTURA EMPRESS XXXIII CHULETA DEVINE

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GREETINGS FROM THE MONARCHS

Royal Greetings!!! Welcome to the Thirty Fourth Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns. Reign XXXIII and The Imperial Court of New York thank you all for joining us on this special evening at The New York Hilton Midtown. We are excited for what this evening has in store – including fabulous performances by International Recording Artist Cece Peniston, HIV/AIDS activist Jahlisa A. Ross, Drag Performance Artist Complete Destruction, and a dance performance piece choreographed by Sydney Erik Wright featuring dancers from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. We welcome all of our out-of-town dignitaries from around the United States, Canada and Mexico – it is truly an honor to have you here with us tonight sharing memories of this reign and making new ones. To our community guests and honorees – thank you for joining us tonight and for all the support you have given The Imperial Court of New York’s fundraising and community outreach efforts throughout this reign and beyond for years. We are both beyond joy with the success of Reign XXXIII and the amazing work done by the membership of the ICNY over the past twelve months. Please sit back, relax, and enjoy your evening. In service to the Crown, Court, and Community, Emperor XXVIII Antonio T. Ventura and Empress XXXIII Chuleta Devine Reign XXXIII of The Imperial Court of New York

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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elcome to the 34rd Night of a Thousand Gowns! Tonight we welcome you to a new venue here at the New York Hilton. It might be a smaller ballroom, but we hope to provide you with the same over-the-top glamour, pomp and circumstances you have come to expect. The Imperial Court of New York stands proud as a strong, diverse and important member of the LGBTQ+ community for over 3 decades. Our members have graced many events including Stonewall 50; Queens, Hudson and NY Pride; participated at AIDS Walk; Fire Island Invasion; presented student scholarships at The Center Garden Party; assisted at Gods Love We Deliver Thanksgiving; among others. We have brought cheers to the residents of Providence Rest Nursing Home in the Bronx, served pot luck dinners at Trinity Place Shelter, and entertained seniors at Sage socials. We have also produced numerous shows and events throughout the year that benefitted many social service and AIDS organizations. Tonight our beneficiaries are the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Hudson Pride, two very worthwhile organizations that provides critical services to the LGBTQ+ communities in New York and New Jersey. Please take a minute to get to know and support them. Tonight would not have been possible without the hard work of our Ball Chairs, and members of the New York court. Our profound gratitude to our major sponsors and donors for their generosity, and our volunteers for their support. It truly takes a village to showcase our fabulousness! Thank you to our reigning monarch Emperor XXVIII Antonio T Venture and Empress XXXIII Chuleta Devine, it sure has been a fun year. We eagerly await the coronation tonight of Emperor Graham D’Craquer and Empress Madelyn Keyth. It is going to be another fabulous year. Thank you everyone for your continued support, and I hope you have a wonderful evening full of memories.

Absolute Empress VII Coco LaChine Queen Mother of New York


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THIS EVENING’S BENEFICIARIES Every year The Imperial Court of New York chooses one or more beneficiaries for our gala event. This year, the 34th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns benefits the Hetrick-Martin Institute and the Hudson Pride Center.

HETRICK-MARTIN INSTITUTE The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), is the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ+ youth serving organization. HMI provides programming and services for more than 2,000 LGBTQ+ young people, ages 13-24, every year throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Services include emergency and basic needs, health services, arts & culture programs, and job readiness training. In 2019, HMI celebrated its 40th anniversary, recognizing and celebrating its four decades of work, and the impact it’s had in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. For more information on the Hetrick-Martin Institute, visit their website https://hmi.org 10

HUDSON PRIDE CENTER Hudson Pride Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organization that was established in the early 1990’s and serves as a home and voice for the diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) community and our allies in Hudson County, NJ. We advocate for our physical, mental, social and political well­being and create safe and vibrant spaces to gather and celebrate our lives. For more information on the Hudson Pride Center, visit their website https://hudsonpride.org


Congratulations to The Imperial Court of New York on your 34th annual

Night of a Thousand Gowns with a deep bow to their Most Imperial Sovereign Majesties

Emperor XXVIII Antonio T. Ventura and

Empress XXXIII Chuleta Devine

for their leadership and support of tonight’s beneficiaries, Hetrick-Martin Institute Center. and the Hudson Pride Center We are proud to support The Imperial Court of New York’s long-standing commitment to dozens of New York City’s social service agencies. Long may you all reign!

broadwaycares.org


OUR BENEFICIARY: HETRICK-MARTIN INSTITUTE

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OUR BENEFICIARY: HUDSON PRIDE CENTER Hudson Pride Center Temporarily Housed at CarePoint Health, Christ Hospital 3 East, 176 Palisade Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201) 963-4779, Fax (201) 963-7983 info@hudsonpride.org www.hudsonpride.org Elizabeth Schedl, C h i e f O p e r a t i o n s O f f i c e r

In 1993, the Jersey City Connections Center was founded as a response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic providing love, companionship and necessary support services to the gay community. Over 25 years later, the now Hudson Pride Center (www.hudsonpride.org) offers transformational health services, crisis prevention and education, and other critical resources necessary for the well-being of our LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We are humbled and honored that the Imperial Court of New York (ICNY) has chosen our center as the beneficiary of this year’s Night of a Thousand Gowns. Hudson Pride Center (HPC) provides professional training and education to facilitate changes in attitudes and behaviors among service providers throughout the region who work with members of the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities. We serve on task forces and other local working groups to assist government entities in conducting local needs assessments to better identify existing gaps in care that LGBTQ+ individuals may be experiencing through unintentional, yet still pervasive, institutional marginalization. We routinely mobilize our volunteer and client base in response to calls for action on important social issues such as transgender rights, LGBT non-discrimination legislation and HIV funding. At the heart of everything we do is our commitment to help change and save LGBTQ+ lives. We assist teenagers and young adults who have been kicked out of their homes or are bullied in schools and individuals interested in transitioning. We serve those looking for healthcare, HIV care or PrEP services and provide substance abuse education and prevention. We facilitate peer led support groups and create safe spaces for people to gather and celebrate their lives. We are here, and we want to help. All HPC client services are provided free of charge with the incredible support of organizations like ICNY. We know that gaining access to care and support should not depend upon one’s ability to pay, but rather on need. We also honor and celebrate ICNY, who for the last 34 years has partnered with agencies like ours. The illustrious members of The Court regularly attend and volunteer at our annual events, assist in local fundraising efforts and directly raise funds for our programs. This partnership is dedicated to not only improving individual lives but also the communities we serve each day through our advocacy efforts and on-going commitment to social and economic justice. On behalf of our staff, board of directors, interns, volunteers, clients, members and community of the Hudson Pride Center, we want to express our profound gratitude to the Imperial Court of New York for honoring the activities and services we provide for the LGBTQ+ community.

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KNIGHTHOODS Each year, the Monarchs confer knighthoods on deserving individuals for their outstanding service to the Court and the community. Four individuals will be honored this year at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Night of A Thousand Gowns. Marti Gould Cummings is a New York City drag artist and political activist who currently sits on the Board of the Ali Forney Center. Their work has taken them around the globe entertaining sold-out audiences. Their work in activism includes supporting organizations like the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Trevor Project, and others. Chris Dunbar is a multi-talented individual whose charitable and benefit work around New York includes projects with the American Theatre Wing, The Educational Theatre Foundation, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Currently, Chris manages Industry Bar where his collaboration with the Imperial Court of New York began. Chris is extremely touched to be honored this evening and enjoys being involved in the New York City LGBTQ community. Wendy Kaplan is the Director of Trinity Place Shelter and oversees all aspects of daily operations, program development and clinical services while ensuring Trinity Place Shelter is continually aligned with its mission to help LGBTQ youth and young adults heal and grow positively as they move toward independence and out of homelessness. Elizabeth Schedl is the Chief Operations Officer at Hudson Pride Center. She is a community activist working for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. Elizabeth has worked to educate and raise awareness about LGBTQ+ issues while strengthening the Center’s services and cultural programs for both the youth and adult LGBTQ+ populations in Hudson County, NJ.

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TONIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL RECORDING ARTIST CECE PENISTON

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CeCe Peniston’s storybook beginning is magical in that CeCe spent most of her formative years in Phoenix, Arizona and got her first start singing before her church congregation. CeCe elevated to the level of true artist when a friend and Phoenix-based record producer, Felipe “DJ Wax Dawg” Delgado, asked her to record back-up vocals for a female rapper slated to release an album on A&M Records. Soon after, CeCe showed her willingness to make her own individual mark in the business and landed her solo project commissioned by then A&M Records music executive, Manny Lehman. CeCe’s hit single known, today as “Finally”, was born and CeCe accomplished what all talented artists only dream of – inking a deal for her own debut album. CeCe became an international sensation and considered to be one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Charts. CeCe was successful at scoring five major number one hits within three years. Her signature dance hit “Finally” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the UK Top 75. It became one of the biggest dance records in history selling over 3 million copies worldwide. The first single off of her new album is entitled “Nothing Can Stop Me Now”, a title truly fitting for the next phase of CeCe’s life. The song is already gaining momentum and heating up at radio stations in New York City, Richmond, Charlotte, Augusta, Columbus, Little Rock, and Oklahoma City. Music Choice and Sirius Radio are also among the stations playing the single.


TONIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT COMPLETE DESTRUCTION Complete Destruction has been practicing the arcane art of shapeshifting for ten years, and performing for seven. They are a member of the Imperial Court of Rhode Island at Providence, former XIV and current reigning Imperial Crown Princess: Her Most Imperial Sovereign Highness, The Destroyer of Worlds, The Unholy Priestess of the Cenobites and The Grand High Witch to Reign XXVII. They were Miss Gay Rhode Island 2015, and have headlined the Austin International Drag Festival for the past two years. Complete is a member of the Slaughterhouse Society of Boston MA. They host and perform most often at EGO Providence, and while being very bad at social media, invite you to look at the many faces they have worn on Facebook and Instagram under Complete Destruction. They are indebted to the Court System for continuously giving a strong and beautiful meaning to the art of drag through fundraising for those in need.

JAHLISA A. ROSS

Jahlove Serrano aka Jahlisa A Ross is a health educator, youth advocate, HIV/AIDS activist, androgynous model, runway coach, drag queen, background dancer, and choreographer to the stars. A Guatemalan/American native of Bronx New York, he contracted HIV a few days shy of his 16th birthday. At that point, he decided to take a leadership role among his peers and community and to be very public with his HIV status to combat the ignorance and stigma around HIV/ AIDS. He works in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach and research and he is working hard on the global, national, city and local levels to address the needs of HIV positive and HIV negative youth. Currently, he is part of a national campaign called “HIV Stops With Me”, the New York City “In Care” campaign, and the Janssen “Positively Fearless” global campaign. Jahlove uses his entertainment platform to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and education throughout the United States and beyond.

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CHAIRS AND CO-CHAIRS OF NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GOWNS Imperial Executive Ball Chairs: Executive Producers: Ballroom Table Decorations: Corporate Sponsorship: Dinner Journal: Design and Production: Editing: Advertising: Court Membership Photographs: Images/Event Montages: Entertainment: Front of House: Graphics Design / Signage: Honor Guard: Hospitality: ICNY Shop: Imperial Command Performance: (Out of Town Show) Logistics: Minister of Protocol: Opening Number: Prince & Princess Show: Program: Social Media Coordinator: Script: Security: Silent Auction: Stage/Set Design Concept: Stage Production/Installation: Tickets: Victory Brunch: V.I.P-/Red Carpet: Volunteers: Welcome (OOT) Committee: Website Maintenance:

Charles Ching, James Larusso, Michael Perez Joe Conigliaro, Mark Costanzo, Robert Amos Keyth Atiles Nelan Charles Ching, Joe Conigliaro, Mark Costanzo Robert Amos Robert Amos Robert Amos, Joe Conigliaro James Larusso, Edwin Santiago Eric Hutflies, Thomas Davis, Annemarie Licini-Paris Jason Russo, Mario Mulea, Revital Simmons Joe Conigliaro Samantha Hall Eric Hutflies, Robert Amos Robert Spanier Billy Little Rhonda Potter Champ Knecht, Brandy Alexander Amore, Zak Wood Ed Werfelman, Ron Kresl, Kenneth Halsall Eric Sanders Joe Conigliaro Keyth Atiles Nelan, Graham Mills Nelan Joe Conigliaro Michael Perez Joe Conigliaro, Jeffrey Wallach Sandra Bevensee RSI, Mark Costanzo, Randy Moscaritolo, Edward Enyart Joe Conigliaro Anthony Lombardi, Keith Reeves Michael Perez, Roberto Medina Charles Ching Glenn Silver Souza, Joe Souza Silver Vinny Guardino, Robert McCann Warren Mayer Danny and Nelson Gonzalez Robert Amos

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW EMPEROR Graham D’Craquer grew up scientific community and set in one of the southern suburbs the trajectory for the remainder of Pittsburgh, PA. He believed of his working life. that his upbringing was unremarkable and typical of many With an eye towards workBaby Boomers who were born ing in medical public relations in the 1950’s. His parents were and publishing, he completed of the Greatest Generation. His his studies in journalism with father was a WW2 veteran and concentrations in public relafinancial offitions and advercer who had a tising. His first hard-earned job following worldview and graduation was his mother working as a was a stay at public relations home mom assistant at his and teacher. local American His younger Lung Associasister, Claudia, tion. This was completed his not by coincifamily when dence because she arrived the national three years lung association after him. headquarters is in New York. Graham’s Living in New His Imperial Highness Imperial Crown parents would York was a lifePrince Royal Graham D’Craquer teach him life long goal and lessons and values that have was realized (albeit by living in remained at his core to this New Jersey) when he landed a day. Success in his household job at the American Thoracic was not only measured by what Society – the medical arm of you achieved, but perhaps more the lung association. Its offices importantly by what you gave were in the MONY building back. on Broadway. This started his In hindsight, it was quite 30- year career working with remarkable. While in high physicians and scientists in the school and through his early fields of pulmonary, critical care college years Graham spent his and sleep medicine. Along the time working as an orderly in way he progressed through the the emergency room at a large ranks (and wore myriad hats) inner-city general hospital. This to become the Chief Operating began his love of the medical/ Officer of the ATS – the posi-


tion from which he retired (early, he hastens to add) in 2012. A rewarding and stimulating career allowed him to work with, befriend and mentored by many of the world-renowned luminaries in these fields of medicine and science. A late bloomer, Graham did not come out until he was 28 – and he has never looked back. There were many reasons for this but in the end, as with most of us, his truth had to emerge and shine. Chief among the reasons was the relative invisibility of the gay community and a perceived lack of role models. He learned when he came out, of course, that role models were all around him and had been for most of his life. His coming out was at the beginning of the AIDS crisis which was an astonishingly scary time for those entering the gay community. These times refined Graham’s views of society and politics. A political and social activist for many years, he became even more so in response to the crisis with its heartbreaks and indignities by working with organizations that were, and are, responding to those who need help the most. Eventually this led him to join the Imperial Court of New York. He did so because of its mission and the panoply of programs it supports across the age/gender/orientation spectrums.

Within the Imperial Court of New York and beyond to the various realms that comprise the Imperial Court System, Graham has had the good fortune to be guided by many dedicated, committed individuals who share the common goals of helping others and making our world a little bit better place in which to live – all the while doing so by having enormous fun. Perhaps the most significant outcome of his membership in the Imperial Court of NY was meeting his soulmate Keyth. So significant in fact that Keyth honored him by becoming his husband in 2018. Graham is looking forward to a fun, purposeful and successful reign. In addition, he gets to accomplish this with his best friend and husband by his side as his Empress. What could be better than that?

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW EMPRESS Miss Gay San Diego, Miss Golden State Gay Rodeo Asstage in 1977 with Neil’s Holsociation to name a few. Hard lywood Follies on Long Island work did not go unnoticed in as Mae West. Within the next that city, she was awarded The five years she befriended her mentors. . Chaka Savalas, Nikki First Empress Jennifer Award, a Commendation from the State Star and Dorian Corey. All of them great performers, Icons in Legislature and the Mayor’s Crystal Seahorse for her comthe New York drag scene and munity service. charitable fund raisers in their Madelyn was own rights. also introduced Maddie folto the Imperial lowed suit and Court de San produced her Diego where she first and one of has made lifethe first AIDS long friends and benefits in a learned incredLong Island ible lessons and night club in what it is to love. the mid 80’s. Never has workThere were ing so hard been more benefits so much fun. and even TupShe is proud perware parHer Imperial Highness Imperial Crown to be one of the ties for GMHC Princess Royale Madelyn Keyth original producto follow. ers of the Scott In 1986 she moved west to Carlson Thanksgiving Dinner, San Diego with a couple of from its inception alongside friends and discovered her Scott and for 4 years after he home away from home. past. Now in its 32nd year While there, discovering thanks to the Imperial Court the essence of charity through de San Diego when she could a community of incredible no longer do it and then move people, she made a name for herself as a performer at scores back east. After returning to New York, of shows for just about every charitable organization in town. and discovering that the Imperial Court System had reached This led to a number of titles, the east coast, that there were Miss Sweetheart San Diego,

Madelyn Keyth first hit the

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members she already knew. . . she was elated. She joined the membership a little over 7 years ago. Four of those years were on the Board of directors, one as a member at large and three as Vice President. So, now with an even bigger family of hard working, caring people she’s grown to love, new organizations she’s pledged to help and her amazing husband, Graham to be her Emperor, it’s time for the next chapter in this book.


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LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS

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LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS

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A LETTER FROM THE QUEEN MOTHER OF THE AMERICAS Thirty four years ago, I had the honor of crowning my son, Eagle Emperor I George and Empress I Sybil Bruncheon as the first Monarchs of New York at the historic Waldorf Astoria, and on that night New York joined the International Imperial Court System which now has chapters in 70 cities in the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico. The Imperial Court of New York has become a shining jewel in the crown of our International Monarchy for over 3 decades. I most sincerely congratulate Emperor Antonio T Ventura and Empress Chuleta Divine on a most productive and visible reign. I look forward to the reign of my daughter and a Crown Princess of San Diego Madelyn Keyth and her husband Graham D’Craquer. In this the 13th year of my reign as Queen Mother I of the Americas, I have been able to count on many New York monarchs as Chief Advisors and Heirs, including Empress Panzi, Emperor Tony, Empress Gefil, Emperor Tree, Emperor Henry, Emperor Jack, Emperor Rob; but none more than my beloved daughter, the Queen Mother of the North East Empress Coco LaChine who has been my right hand and my moral compass and at times has been my rock and I will always be grateful. Empress Coco, Emperor Tree, Emperor Henry and Prince Billy and the Court of New York played a major role in my vision of having a National LGBTQ Wall of Honor in the historic Stonewall Inn which was officially dedicated during Stonewall 50. The Imperial Court of New York has also had a big part in our national letter writing campaigns that have resulted in the Harvey Milk U.S. Postage Stamp, and the U.S.N.S. Harvey Milk, which is being built and dedicated in San Diego. November 3rd Will be one of the most important elections in our lives, if our great nation will return to progress and celebrating our diversity or move backwards. Please register and VOTE! In closing my Royal Husband of State, the King Father I of the Americas, Emperor Terry Sidie and I wish God’s blessings on all of you. Empress Nicole the Great Queen Mother I of the Americas and Queen Mother I of New York City Commissioner, City of San Diego Executive Director, International Imperial Court Council

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ACT I

Presentation of Flags and Anthems

Imperial Opening Performance President of the Imperial Court of New York

H.I.M. Empress VII Coco LaChine The Absolute Celestial Dragon Empress

Gala Beneficiaries

Hudson Pride Center and Hetrick Martin Institute Acknowledgements and Recognitions Entrance and Greetings from the Monarchs

H.M.I.S.M. Emperor XXVIII Antonio T. Ventura

The Dedicated Dragon Emperor of Innovation, Involvement, and Inclusion

and

H.M.I.S.M. Empress XXXIII Chuleta Devine The Goodness Empress of Love, Jubilance, and Philanthropy

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Presentations, Awards, and Knighting Ceremonies Dowager Monarch Walk

H.I.M. Dowager Empress XXXII Gaye Banter The Inevitable Empress of Wisdom and Compassion

Protocol Presentations of

The International Imperial Court System Decade Anniversary Monarch Performances

H.I.M. Decade Emperor XIX Just Jack

The Platinum Emperor of Justice, Understanding, Sincerity, and Tolerance

H.I.M. Decade Empress XXIV Farrah Moans The Temptress Empress

Imperial Command Performance

Jahlisa A. Ross Program subject to change


ACT II Imperial Command Performance International Recording Artist

CeCe Peniston

Presentation of Protocol

Remembrance Procession of the Crowns Imperial Court of New York Imperial Command Performance

A special performance by seasoned Broadway Dancers Choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright Staged by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Double Decade Anniversary Monarchs Performance

H.I.M. Emperor X Gabriel Della Notte The Gothic Midnight Raven Emperor

Double Decade Anniversary Monarch Performance

H.I.M. Empress XIV Victoria V. Weston

The Scintillating Silver & Jade Nightingale Empress for a New Millennium

Program subject to change

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ACT III The Final Performance of

H.M.I.S.M. Emperor XXVIII Antonio T. Ventura

The Dedicated Dragon Emperor of Innovation, Involvement, and Inclusion

The Final Performance of

H.M.I.S.M. Empress XXXIII Chuleta Devine The Goodness Empress of Love, Jubilance, and Philanthropy

Imperial Command Performance

Complete Destruction

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Emperor XXIX Graham D’Craquer

The Noble Silver Giraffe Emperor of Conversation, Compassion, and Charity

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Empress XXXIV Madelyn Keyth

The Towering Tequila and Amethyst Orchid Empress of Love, Laughter and Lumpia

Program subject to change


REIGN XXXIII OF THE IMPERIAL COURT OF NEW YORK

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THEIR MOST IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN MAJESTIES

EMPEROR XXVIII ANTONIO T. VENTURA AND

EMPRESS XXXIII CHULETA DEVINE


COLLEGE OF MONARCHS

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR I

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS I

The Eagle Emperor

The Atlas Empress

George the First

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR II

Barry Davidson

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR IV

Shelly

The First Woman Emperor

Sybil Bruncheon

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS II

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR III

The Crystal Empress

The First Jewish Emperor

Champagne

Roux-Vaine

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS III

Chene LaRochelle

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HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS IV

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS V

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS VI

The Forbidden Empress

The Golden Empress

The Scintillating Empress

Camille Beauchamps

Razor Sharp

Saleen

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY ABSOLUTE EMPRESS VII

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR V

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS VIII

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS IX

The Celestial Dragon Empress

The Lion Hearted Emperor of Social Change

Empress of Peace and Love

Empress of Faith, Hope and Cartier

Coco LaChine

Ron

Billie Ann Miller

Philomena


COLLEGE OF MONARCHS

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR VI

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS X

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR VII

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XI

The Grand La Scala Emperor

The Opulent and Ethereal Broadway Angel Empress

The Emperor of Courage and Survival

The Sapphire Heart Empress

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR VIII

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XII

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR IX

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XIII

Emperor of Fidelity and Fortitude

Empress of Loyalty and Laughter

The Ethereal Sunrise Emperor

The Golden Gotham Glamazon Empress of Grace and Gratitude

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XI

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XV The Latina Empress of Decadence and Style

Steven

William

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HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR X

Gabriel Della Notte

Ran-Dee

Panzi

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XIV

Victoria V. Weston

Tomas

Chet

Damien Valentino

Gianna

Anne Tique

Fiona St. James

The Gothic Midnight Raven Emperor

The Scintillating Silver and Jade Nightingale Empress for the New Millennium

The Bad Boy Emperor of Love and Temptation

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XII

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XVI

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XIII

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XVII

The Romanov Emperor of High Hopes and Highlights

The Schiaparelli Empress of Compassion and Couture

The Golden Ursus Emperor of Valor, Virtue and Charm

The Hollywood and D’Vine Empress of Sincerity and Sympathy

Mathius Bloussant

Lita Austin

Ron

Demi-Tasse


COLLEGE OF MONARCHS

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XIV

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XIX

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XV

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XX

The AAA Diamond Emperor of Allegria, Amore and Abbondanza

The Fifth Avenue Jewel Empress of Sincerity, Service and Style

The Celtic Emperor of Famiglia, Fantasy and Fun

The 2X Empress

Tony Monteleone

Robin Kradles

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XVI

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXI

The Fire Taming Rose Emperor

The Bewitching and Bewildering Empress

Craig Hollywood

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Fantasia

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XVII

Rob Hunter de Woof

Gefil Tefish

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXII

Charlene Chivoe

The Atlantic Shore Tattoo Titan The Dixie Darline Empress of Emperor of Diplomacy, Generos- Democracy, Dreams and Disco ity and Testosterone

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XVIII

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXIII

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XIX

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXIV

The AAA Diamond Emperor of Allegria, Amore and Abbondanza

The Golden Gotham Glamazon Empress of Grace and Gratitude

The Platinum Emperor of Justice, Understanding, Sincerity and Tolerance

The Temptress Empress

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XX

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXV

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XXI

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXVI

Omnia Vanitas

The Empress of Caftans and Cocktails

The Legal Age Emperor of Fire & Ice, Mediator of Good and Evil

The Elemental Broadway Empress of Community, Camp and Collaboration

Tony Monteleone

Vanity Society

Anne Tique

Pepperica Swirl

Jack

Ritz Kraka

Farrah Moans

Witti Repartee

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COLLEGE OF MONARCHS

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XXII

Wen-D Bouvier Pinkhouse

The Rock and Roll Emperor of Peace, Love, Unity and Respect

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XXIV

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Opi N Yated

The Big Apple Emperor of Cycling, Service & Being Sensational

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XXVI

Harrington

The Latino Emperor, Pegasus of Knowledge and Inspiration

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXVII

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XXIII

The Stilletto Heeled Jersey Girl Empress

The AAA Diamond Emperor of Allegria, Amore and Abbondanza

Tony Monteleone

Twinkle Montgomery

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXIX

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XXV

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXX

The Curvy Long Island Temptress of Sincerity, Serenity and Seduction

The Double Eagle Stonewall Emperor of Samovars, Sambas and Sensibility

The Timeless Black Diamond & Pearl Empress

Gracie Steeles

Madison Mansfield

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXXI

Madison Mansfield

The Curvy Long Island Temptress of Sincerity, Serenity and Seduction

Tree

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXVIII

The Starlight Rose Empress of Faith, Hope and Generosity

Sugar B Real

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR XXVII

HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPRESS XXXII

The Atlantic Shore Tattoo Titan Emperor of Diplomacy, Generosity and Testosterone

The Inevitable Empress of Wisdom and Compassion

Rob Hunter de Woofs

Gaye Banter

Photo Courtesy of HeyMrJason Photography


IMPERIAL COURT OF NEW YORK

HIS MOST IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN MAJESTY

HER MOST IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN MAJESTY

HIS IMPERIAL ROYAL HIGHNESS, IMPERIAL CROWN PRINCE ROYAL

HER IMPERIAL ROYAL HIGHNESS, IMPERIAL CROWN PRINCESS ROYALE

Emperor XXVIII Antonio T. Ventura

Empress XXXIII Chuleta Devine

Graham D’Craquer

Madelyn Keyth

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE ULTIMA

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

Trompe L’oeil

Edward von Earl

Élian Encounter

Grandpa

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

H Watt Evah

James Williams

Jeffrey

Jiff E. Lube

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

Justius Santiago

Lysander

Marco De Rand

Mario D’Ziner

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IMPERIAL COURT OF NEW YORK

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

Mick E. Phynn

Peter B. of Monte Carlo

Robert Mansfield

Robert Rhinestone

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCE ROYAL

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

Roberto

Warren

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, IMPERIAL DOWAGER GRAND DUKE

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Swanson

Anne T. Venom

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

Bobbi Marie Mu Mu Goddess

Bonbon LaRue

Caroline Harrington

Cleopatra De’Nile

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

Gemstone

Giovanka De Medeci-Harrington

Krystal D’ Angelo

Lily Blooms


IMPERIAL COURT OF NEW YORK

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

Misty

Mitzi Picaman

Q.T. Pie

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

Sarah

SummerFallWinterSpring

Susan Vanderbilt

Tedi de Bare

Mae Nicole

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HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, PRINCESS ROYALE

Vanessa Diamond

Viagra Falls

Zondra Fox

HIS HIGHNESS, PRINCE

Maximilian von Harrington

HER HIGHNESS, PRINCESS

HER HIGHNESS, PRINCESS

HER HIGHNESS, PRINCESS

HER HIGHNESS, PRINCESS

Alexis Flame

Big Ang of Monaco

Diamante-Harrington

Dr. Florence Nightingale


IMPERIAL COURT OF NEW YORK

HER HIGHNESS, PRINCESS

HER HIGHNESS, PRINCESS

Mistress Emma

Victoria Falls-Harrington

HER GRACE, GRAND DUCHESS

HER GRACE, GRAND DUCHESS

Ambrosia Amore

Billy Little of d’Nile

HER GRACE, GRAND DUCHESS

HER GRACE, GRAND DUCHESS

HER GRACE, GRAND DUCHESS

Fran

Mama Mansfield

Summer

MARQUIS

Hy Falutin

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MARCHIONESS

MARCHIONESS

MARCHIONESS

COUNT

Edweena Scootawhich

Tatyana Mone’t Avant Garde

Veronica Blake

Andres Fabian

COUNT

COUNT

COUNT

COUNT

Ash Blake

Lecarrow

Lester

Nelson Bonaparte


IMPERIAL COURT OF NEW YORK

COUNT

COUNT

Pa P. Behr

Tim of Thorin

COUNTESS

Vikki La Fontaine

VISCOUNTESS

Clover Honey

VISCOUNTESS

VISCOUNTESS

VISCOUNTESS

VOCUS

Paige Monroe

Saltreeny Kraka

Zelina Duval

C. C. Mansfield

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BARON

BARONESS

BARONESS

BARONESS

Jose D. Xtravaganza

“Mother” Anita Morehead

Chantilly Lace

Egypt Labeija

LORD

LORD

LADY

LADY

Ampl

Marc Fusion Sax

Candy Apples

Dolores Dégagé


IMPERIAL COURT OF NEW YORK ADDITIONAL MEMBERS NOT PICTURED

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Her Royal Highness, Princess Royale Ultima, Blaise Patrice Her Royal Highness, Princess Royale, Barbie Queue Marquis Nick L. Baggs Marchioness Pearl Essence Countess Lavina Countess Ruby Starling Countess Sapphire Starr Viscount Emerald J. Viscount James Clinton Jackson Jr. Viscountess Roxy Noll Scootawhich Viscountess Veronica St. Cartier Medina Baron Guide Bear Baron Mickarus Baron Tom Collins Baroness Jamie Williams Baroness Toni Homeperm Baroness Trixie DeLite Baroness Wanda Lust Lord Paul Adean Lady Aphrodite Lady Pink Freud Lady Varuka La Vain Lady Venessa Valtre Lady Veronica Constant Lay

HEARTS AND VOICES


BEST OF BROADWAY

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IMPERIAL FAIRY TALES

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ALL HALLOWS QUEEN 6


TITLES, AWARDS, AND SPECIAL HONORS Jose Honor Recipient

Royal Canadian Order of Empress 1 Ted North

H.I.M. Empress Coco Lachine — 1997

H.I.M Emperor Just Jack

H.I.M. Empress Philomena — 1998 H.I.M Empress Ran-Dee — 2006

Emperor I of the Americas His Imperial Majesty Terry Sidie

H.I.M. Empress Robin Kradles — 2008

H.I.M. Emperor Just Jack

H.I.M. Emperor Gabrielle Della Notte — 2010 H.I.M. Empress Anne Tique — 2012 H.I.M. Emperor Tony Monteleone — 2014 H.I.M. Empress Farrah Moans — 2016 H.R.H Princess Royale Caroline — 2018 Court of Distinction Imperial Court of New York — 2001 International Double Eagle Award H.I.M. Empress Coco Lachine H.I.M. Empress Anne Tique H.I.M. Emperor Tony Monteleone H.I.M. Emperor Gabrielle Della Notte H.I.H. Prince Tree H.I.M. Empress Farrah Moans H.I.M Emperor Just Jack H.I.M Emperor Antonio T Ventura H.G. Duke Harrington H.G. Duke H. Watt Evah H.I.M. Empress Madison Mansfield H.I.M. Empress Sugar B Real H.I.M. Emperor Fantasia H.I.M. Empress Gefil Tefish H.I.M. Empress Panzi Marquis Maximilian Von Harrington H. G. Grand Duchess Gigi Glamour H.G. Grand Duke Q H.H. Princess Chuleta Devine H.R.H. Princess Royale Makeda H.R.H. Prince Royal Maddie K. Did H.G. Grand Duchess Diamante-Harrington Machioness Veronica Blake H.R.H. Prince Royal Robert Mansfield Queen Mother of New York H.I.M. Absolute Empress Coco Lachine Heir Apparent and Heir Emeritus H.I.M Absolute Empress Coco Lachine — Heir Emeritus H.I.M. Empress Panzi — Heir Emeritus H.I.M Emperor Gabriel Della Notte — Heir Emeritus H.I.M Emperor Rob Hunter de Woofs — Heir Emeritus H.I.M. Empress Anne Tique — Heir Emeritus H.I.M. Emperor Tony Monteleone — Heir Emeritus H.I.M. Emperor Harrington — Heir Emeritus H.I.M Emperor Just Jack — Heir Apparent H.I.M. Emperor Tree — Heir Apparent Imperial Order of the Maple Leaf H.I.M Emperor Just Jack

2010 International Court Royal Couple of the Decade H.I.M. Emperor Fantasia and H.R.H. Prince Royal James Williams 2010 International Court Courtiers Award Recipient H.R.H. Princess Royale Bonbon LaRue *International Royal Order of Joshua Norton H.I.M. Emperor Just Jack H.I.M. Emperor Tony Monteleone H.G. Grand Duke Maximilian Von Harrington H.I.M. Emperor Tree H.I.M. Emperor Craig Hollywood H.I.M. Emperor Rob Hunter de Woofs International Royal Order of Empress I José the Widow Norton H.I.M. Empress Coco Lachine H.I.M. Gefil Tefish H.R.H. Grand Duke Swanson H.R.H. Princess Royale Tedi de Bare H.I.M. Robin Kradles H.I.M. Emperor Tree H.I.M. Emperor Just Jack H.I.M Empress Farrah Moans H.I.M. Empress Panzi H.I.M Empress Madison Mansfield H.I.M. Empress Anne Tique the Ageless H.I.M. Emperor Rob Hunter de Woofs “The Fredd E. Tree Spirit of Stonewall Award” H.G. Duke Antonio T, Ventura International Royal Order of Emperor 1 Gregg Lucio *created 2018 to replace Joshua Norton Award H.I.M. Emperor Tree H.I.M Emperor Opi N Yated H.I.M Emperor Harrington H.G. Grand Duke Maximilian Von Harrington H.I.M. Emperor Just Jack H.I.M Emperor Ron Viscount Pa P Behr Viscount Nelson Boneparte Count Tim of Thorin The Emperor I of the Americas Knights of the Round Table Award H.I.M. Emperor Sir Tree

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THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GOWNS


IN MEMORIAM

FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS We honor and remember them

Her Royal Highness Princess Royale La Diva Marquis Charles Paisley Count Rod nee Emperor George The First Emperor ii Roux-Vaine Empress iv Camille Beauchamps Empress v Razor Sharp Empress vi Saleen Emperor vii Tomรกs

Grand Duke Gary Collins Grand Duchess Dora Flame Duchess Penn-Parker Marchioness Karen Covergirl Count Jerome Erlich Countess Corky Larue

Empress viii Billie Ann Miller

Viscountess Delta La Manns

Emperor ix Chet

Viscount Spankalicious Von

Princess Royale Alexandra Weston Prince Royal Nick E. Lodeon Princess Royale Babs Crystal De Cantor Princess Royale Brandy Prince Royal Elias Prince Royal Greene Piece Prince Royal Josef Boner-Parte Princess Royale Lotta Trouble Princess Royale Marsha Dimes

Woofington Viscountess Diamond Richards Baron Angeles Starr Baroness Beyond Baron Killingsworth Baroness Margaret Robbins Baron James Rod-Knee Lord Peter Lady Ginger Snap Lady Intensity

Prince Royal Michael Charles

Lady Madam Woo

Prince Royal Philip Williams

Sir Harry Bartel

Prince Royal Tony Prince Faux Bois Prince Rj Princess Margaux Chateau

Dame Edna Dame Gina Quattrochi Sir Joe Scialo


EXPRESSION OF APPRECIATION H.M.I.S.M EMPEROR XXVIII ANTONIO T. VENTURA

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Greetings!

passion alive!

Being able to represent The Imperial Court of New York this past year as Emperor XXVIII has been a true honor and privilege. The many experiences and connections for the betterment of the LGBTQ+ community, I would not trade for anything. Being able to take on this leadership role in our organization and community is truly special and I thank each and every member for their putting faith in me. Over the past twelve months, we have been able to be a part of many exciting events and outreach programs, ranging from our own produced fundraisers and outreach programs (Hearts & Voices and Potlucks for Youth Shelters) to many of our community partner’s events (Tyler Clementi Foundation, Ali Forney Center, Trinity Place Shelter, Hudson Pride Center and more). A truly high moment of the past twelve months was being able to be part of LGBTQ+ history, taking part in the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots and World Pride in New York City. As a 31-year old gay man who has many generations to thank for the privileges I have today – it was humbling to be able to participate in a remembrance of those that truly laid the path towards equality. Forever, I will remember those that started this path and will always honor them by fighting for equality and providing a safe space/friendship for anyone who needs it. Along this journey through Reign XXXIII, there have been many individuals who have encouraged me and kept the

Our entire membership has been amazing, continuing their drive for the LGBTQ+ community and inspiring me with eyes on the future of the ICNY! Special thank you to those who have kept the spirit of growth and evolution alive and helped maintain the dedication to Inclusion and Acceptance within the ICNY and our Community – Empress Farrah Moans, Empress Sugar B. Real, Empress Madison Mansfield, Baron CC Mansfield, Baroness Zelina Duval, Baroness Paige Monroe, Baroness Ruby Starling, Viscount Lecarrow – to name a few heavy hitters this year. Thank you to these amazing individuals for standing up this year with new ideas and engaging new areas of the community!! To our Executive Producers Emperor Fantasia and Empress Anne Tique who without them and their dedication and hard work this evening would not have been possible. To the entire College of Monarchs of the ICNY – thank you again for having faith in approving me as a candidate back in July 2018 and supporting Reign XXXIII and the mission of the ICNY these past twelve months. I am proud to be able to have followed in all your footsteps. To all the out-of-town realms I was able to visit – thank you for being so welcoming and being pillars of light in your own communities – Rhode Island, Buffalo, The Waterfall Empire, Indiana, Washington DC, Toronto, Portland, Western Massachusetts, San Diego, Connecticut. To our Half-Emperor, Emperor Zak


Wood of Massachusetts, thank you for listening all year, attending events all year (bringing The Chipmunks to NYC), and partnering with our Half-Empress, Brandy Alexander, to host a truly fun filled Invasion Event for the ICNY! You have been one of my best friends and sounding boards for a year and I am happy to have had you on team Reign XXXIII and in my life in general!! To Emperor Andrew Evans Della Notte of The WaterFall Empire and Emperor Logan E. Storm for the honor of being each of your American Half Emperor – love you two gentlemen!!! To my personal life supporter, my boyfriend Aaron Reed, thank you for always making sure I was packed correctly and looking on point when leaving the house for an event and making sure I remembered to take a breather to rebalance every now and then throughout the reign. Love you mister! Also in the audience tonight, some of those that have helped shape this man’s being – his mother Amy and sisters J’Lyn and Kyera (Stage Management, if Kyera tries to come say hi on stage, just let her, she is 4 after all and loves the court!) To my chosen families throughout the system – thank you for being my inspirations and always keeping me honest and true in our mission – led by the amazing “Drag Parents” – Empress Sugar B. Real (NY), Empress Madison Mansfield (NY), Empress Destiny B. Childs (DC), Empress Savannah Devereaux (RI), Emperor Ritz Kraka (NY), Emperor Gabriel Della Notte (NY) and Emperor Rob Hunter de Woofs (NY) – you have all played an important part of my experience in the Court System and shaped different parts of my leadership mentality – love to you all and thank you again. To my blood family who has always stood behind me in anything I have ever done in my lifetime – my brother Ben, father John, and my amazing mother, Marilyn – this woman is who taught me how to be the man I am today and to put giving back to the community as a pillar of my life – I am so grateful to have my family in the house tonight and that many

of you have been able to interact with them throughout events in many realms along the circuit. To my Fabulous Empress, Chuleta Devine – thank you for taking this journey with me and for all the memorable times and laughs. We made it!!! You are a light of energy in your dedication to this community and our mission. We are the true examples of generations being able to come together and work together. Let us continue driving change and embracing inclusion girl! You breathe life into everything you do and truly embody what it means to “bring the FUN to FUNdraising” (if you have not seen her performances, you are missing out). Love you and couldn’t have had a better partner in crime all year!! To all our friends and family from out of town and from outside the court system with us tonight – thank you for joining us and being part of the ICNY legacy!! A Legacy that started 34 years ago in 1986 in the middle of a major crisis for our community and world, The AIDS Crisis, where we became an organization of open acceptance and safety for members of our community. Tonight we show that same acceptance and safety by being ourselves in all forms without judgement or fear tonight and by engaging and supporting our LGBTQ+ Youth of New York City and New Jersey through The Hetrick-Martin Institute and Hudson Pride Center. In service to the community,

The Dedicated Dragon Emperor of Innovation, Involvement and Inclusion Emperor XXVIII Antonio T. Ventura

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EXPRESSION OF APPRECIATION H.M.I.S.M EMPRESS XXXIII CHULETA DEVINE

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Well! Let me tell you it has been a learning experience being Empress XXXIII of The Imperial Court of New York. Empress XXXII Gaye Banter bestowed these wise wise words of wisdom to me “Each member is an essential piece of the puzzle for a successful reign” and I absolutely agree! The ICNY membership is an awesome group of individuals all dedicated to the success of ICNY mission! It has been my honor to serve as your Empress XXXIII of The Imperial Court of New York, and Reign XXXIII, which was full of events, community service and support throughout the five Boroughs, of New York, New Jersey, and traveling all across the Imperial Court circuit. I can’t say it enough to everyone but Thank You!!!! First and foremost, to my husband Joseph Sorsaia for being so understanding and supportive of me in my commitment to the Imperial Court of New York. On April 13th we will celebrate our 40th anniversary, and yes we made it and never had a fight! NOT! Emperor Antonio T. Ventura I have been very lucky to have a supportive easy-going partner, who learned very quickly of my strengths and weaknesses, and even though there is a big age difference between us we have almost the same values that kept us on track and driven. It has been pure pleasure reigning with you, and serving our community with love joy and goodwill. Memories to last a lifetime! Life is a learning experience you never know why or when you are going to learn something new, and I would like to thank the following monarch for mentoring me: Empress Anne Tique for her strength

and honesty to guide me to do the right things. Empress Demi Tasse for adopting me as her Drag daughter you have been over the top amazing. Your friendship is a special gift. Emperor Fantasia Thank you for always being available and providing me with guidance and the knowledge to know better a true Father figure. Emperor Rob Hunter DeWoofs and Empress Farah Moans for mentoring me and making me shine so bright. Empress Pepperica Swirl what can I say you are amazing your creativity and your friendship is priceless. My Drag Daughter Empress Madison Mansfield, I thank you for introducing me to the Imperial court. It has been a life changing experience. I could not have done this without your motivation! To the Board of Directors, thank you for your continuous support and friendship. You are simply the best. Thank you to the entire ICNY membership for your generosity and support throughout the year. There are some very special members who I need to acknowledge, kept me together and helped me throughout the year: Marco De Rand, AnnT. Venom, Paige Monroe, Zelina Duval, Diamante, Ruby Starling, Graham D’Craquer, Madelyn Keyth, Watt Ever, Vanessa Diamond, lily Blooms, Alexis Flame, Warren, Pa P Bear, Nelson Bonaparte, Vikki La Fontaine, Lecarrow and Robert Mansfield. Justius Santiago without you Chuleta Devine would just be unglued and a mess I thank you and cherish our friendship always! I have been blessed to meet so many awesome people of across the circuit: Thank you to Half Empress Brandy Alexander Amore and Half Emperor Zak


Mansfield Yated Wood. Washington D.C.: Empress Athena KS Couture Moore and Emperor Trace couture Kennedy Smith. My Canadian family Empress Robin Dearing Empress Monro, Empress Miss Drew , Empress Chantal Duvaldez, Emperor Stephany Bice, Empress Dusty Balfour , Emperor Kieron a. Keegan, Empress Emperor Andrew Evans Della Notte, Daemon Valencia, Felton Bender, Miss Kitty and Arianna Fluvenflagen thank you all for your friendships. Brian Greenwood Crystal Countess Canadian jeweler to the Empress of New York thank you for making me shine with your unique creativity! My Buffalo family love you! Western Massachusetts: Empress Bella Rose Reynolds Deluxe watch out for the other foot Chuleta has her Cha Cha heels on. Connecticut: Emperor Licari, Empress Kiki Lucia, Ms Frank, Vu Tran, Tuluhla Bunkhouse thank you for awesome memories. Rhode Island: Emperor Tom B. Lovely Aiston, Empress Jealousy Jonz, Empress Savannah B Childs, Emperor Logan, Empress Angela Soprano-Burtana, Justius Phoenix thank you for your friendships. Complete Destruction thank you for a fabulous performance To my real blood family thank you for your generosity, support and unconditional love over the last year! With love, Empress XXXIII Chuleta Devine

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OUR BENEFICIARIES OF REIGN XXXIII EVENTS

Hetrick-Martin Institute Solace House AIDS Walk NYC Sylvia’s Place (MCCNY Charities) Bailey House Citileaf Housing Trinity Place Shelter Princess Janae Place Tyler Clementi Foundation Hudson Pride Center God’s Love We Deliver SAGE Safe Horizon GMHC Thursday’s Child ICNY/Coco LaChine Scholarship Fund 58


2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers

President: Charles Ching Vice-President: Mark Costanzo Treasurer: Patricia Harrington Secretary: Robert Amos

Board Members At Large Sandra Bevensee Edward Enyart Randy Moscaritolo Joe Conigliaro Jefferey Wallach Graham Mills Nelan

Reigning Monarchs

Emperor XXVIII Antonio T. Ventura (Michael Perez) Empress XXXIII Chuletta DeVine (James Larusso) I.C.P.R. / Empress XXXIV Madelyn Keyth (Keyth Atiles Nelan) I.C.P.R. /Emperor XXIX Graham D’Craquer (Graham Mills Nelan)

College of Monarchs Chairperson

Empress XXIV Farah Moans (Chris Crouch)

Minister of Protocol 60

Eric Sanders


12 DRAGS OF XMAS

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COUNTRY COUTURE

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LATIN EXPLOSION

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INVESTITURES

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019 - 2020

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April - Sacramento Coronation • Orange County Coronation • Easter Parade • Trinity Place Shelter Potluck • Rhode Island Coronation • Hearts & Voices May - AIDS Walk NYC Kick Off • GOAL NY Awards • Prom with a Purpose • STOLI Bottle Release • Beer & Bears • Vava Voom • LaDisco • Long Island GMC- Old School • AIDS Walk NY • Investitures • Urban Bear • 50 Years of Fabulous Screening • Beer & Bears • Buffalo Coronation • Glow June - Queens Pride • FDNY Pride Event • DTCC Pride Drag Show • Interview w/ BronxNetTV • Hearts & Voices • Drag Tag Sale • GOAL NY Pride Event • Hudson Pride Center Prom • SAGE Pride Event • Carnivalesque • City Council Pride • Raymour & Flannigan Pride Bingo • Mermaid Parade • Folson Street East • Garden Party • DTCC LGBTQ• History Talk • Macy's Pride • Stoli Pride • The Love Ball • GLWD Pride Event • Pride Opening Ceremony • Conundrum • Wall of Honor Dedication • Lipsync for a Life • All that Loves Ball • Boxers/GOAL Pride Block Party • Stonewall Opera • NO H8 Photoshoot • ICWDC Czar Ball • NJ Pride Event • World Pride March July - Invasion of the Pines • Empress Invasion of Texas • Dragapalooza • Xmas in July • Trinity Place Shelter Potluck • The Halves Show August - Waterfall Empire Coronation • Boat Cruise • Austin Coronation • Imperial Bear Bash • Pop Rocks Pool Party • Hudston Price Center Pride Kick-Off • London Coronation • Jersey City Pride September - Trans Coffee Talk (Indiana) • Indiana Coronation • Trans Coffee Talk (DC) • DC Coronation • Imperial Fairytales • Hoedown! • We the Heroes Ball • Drag Brunch • The Noble's Show October - Toronto Coronation • Vogue Ball • Cincinnati Coronation • Hearts & Voices • Stage Fright • Wine & Cheese Reception • Portland Coronation • Switch Night • Country Couture Marketing • Tyler Clementi Foundation Upstander Awards • Ali Forney A Place at the Table • Western Mass Coronation • Dallas Coronation • Hawaii Coronation • All Hallows Queen 6 November - LGDCQ Awards Dinner • Event Marketing • Latin Explosion • Country Couture Marketing • SAGE Table • Beers & Bears • Best of Broadway • Karaoke at Johnny Utahs • Chicago Coronation • Los Angeles Coronation • Country Couture • Trinity Place Shelter Potluck • Lip Sync for a Life • Hudson Pride Center Friendsgivng • God's Love We Deliver Thanksgiving December - Bedtime Stories • Ba Humbug • Rhode Island Monarch's Ball • 12 Drags of Xmas • Hearts & Voices • Hudson Pride Center Holiday Dinner January - Postcards from the Edge • Totally Awesome 80's • Connecticut Prince & Princess Ball • Holiday Party • Houston Coronation • Florida Coronation February - San Diego Coronation • Connecticut Coronation • San Francisco Coronation • ICNY Drag Brunch March Prince & Princess Show • In-Town Awards • Out of Town Show • 34th Night of a Thousand Gowns


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