Jose Sarria - 1st openly gay man to run for office

A documentary that celebrates the social, cultural and political legacy of Jose Sarria

Jose Sarria Documentary - Emperor Norton Productions A Project of Documentaries

A feature documentary that celebrates the social, cultural and political legacy of Jose Sarria, the world’s first openly gay man to run for public office.

"Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria", 90 minute digital feature documentary examining the social, cultural and political legacy of Jose Sarria, the first openly Gay American to run for public office. The drag cabaret performer was an early and leading champion for equality for the homosexuals in San Francisco 15 years before Stonewall. Exploring his struggles amid post WWII San Francisco through interviews, never-before-seen footage, the film will harness Jose Sarria's bold spirit to expose his tragic, valiant and inspiring story. The 90-minute documentary features personal footage taken by Writer, Director, Executive Producer, Joe Castel, spanning 23-years from 1992 to 2013. At the unexpected intersection between politics and high camp, Nelly Queen reveals an intimate portrait of the Latino civil rights pioneer whose heroic drag has long been overlooked as a cornerstone of the gay rights movement."

"Nelly Queen: The Life & Times of Jose Sarria - Scene recreations of the closing of The Black Cat Cafe (shot on location in Los Angeles - 2016).

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Join us in recognizing Jose's immeasurable contributions to the LGBT movement with an overdue biography on the legendary diva and activist. Please tell your friends that their tax deductible contribution is made possible through our fiscal sponsor, From The Heart Productions.

What is Nelly Queen?

Nelly Queen: the Life and Times of Jose Sarria is a feature documentary on the life of Jose Sarria, the first openly gay American to run for office in 1961. The drag cabaret performer was an early and leading champion for equality for the homosexuals in San Francisco 15 years before Stonewall. The 90-minute documentary revolves around personal footage taken by Sarria's close friend and Executive Producer Joe Castel, spanning 23-years from 1992 to 2013.

Who is Jose Sarria?

When San Francisco city officials vowed to shut down all the gay bars in 1961, the 38 year-old female impersonator threw caution to the wind and campaigned for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. Sarria lost the election, but garnered nearly 6,000 votes, proving for the first time in American politics that the LGTBQ community had a voting bloc.

Why is it Called "Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria" ?

From 1951-1963, whenever the vice squad entered the café to entrap patrons, Sarria exposed them by forcing his closeted patrons to stand up and sing "God, Save Us Nelly Queens," a takeoff on Britain's national anthem as the vice marched out of the café.

Why is Jose Important Now?

Jose is important today as he was back in 1961 when he ran for office. Jose stands as a courageous role model to people still struggling with their sexual identity and self-esteem.

Who's Making This Movie?

Executive Producer Joe Castel is a writer from Los Angeles who befriended Jose in 1990. He currently is working on a feature film script of Jose's amazing journey. Joecastel@hotmail.com or 563-271-6473

Director Dante Alencastre work includes a slate of short films, cable television programs, international magazine collaborations and, most recently, the critically acclaimed documentary "TRANSVISIBLE: BAMBY SALCEDO'S STORY".

Producer & Editor Mario J. Novoa has been devoted to producing LGBT films featuring people of color for the last 10 years: producing award wining feature documentaries like "Gay Latino Los Angeles: Coming of Age", "LA: A Queer History", and narrative films like "The Miracle of Tony Davis", "Nancy from Eastside Clover", "The Baby Cries", "RED" and "TRONA". Mario can be reach at mjnovoa@nellyqueenfilm.com or @mjnovoa

Who's Sponsoring this Documentary?

This film is associated with The National LGBTQ Task Force, and Jose's nonprofit organization the Imperial Court System. Donations sponsors include The Walt Disney, Wet & Wild Cruises, Monsieur Marcel French Gourmet Market, and from the filmmakers of "Where the Bears Are".

"What Do You Need?"

We're looking for funds to complete our post production phase. We currently have a crew of four working on film editing, photography restoration, archival video restoration, marketing and promotional video editing, event planning, film distribution planning, and archival video/photo research. We need to hire additional talent to polish the film, create the sound mix, compose music, titles & graphics, audio dubbing, insurance and legal representative costs. Please consider making your tax deductible donation today!


$1,285 Raised
6% towards $20,000 Goal

Supported by 18 Donations:

  • Roel Tiburcio G.
    I Gave $10
    Happy Birthday! Roel Jaymes Lord Prince de la Villitta Royal Sovereign And Imperial Court Of The Alamo Empire. Reign 25
  • Gene B.
    I Gave $50
    Happy Birthday Mama Jose, we sure miss you.
  • Curtis H.
    I Gave $100
    I'm looking forward to seeing the completed documentary.
  • Jesse B.
    I Gave $25
    It's important to secure Jose's life and legacy on film so the world will never forget the sacrifice and contribution she made to the LGBTQ community
  • Suzanne H.
    I Gave $100
    Thank you for the love and friendship you showed me Jose. I will always treasure our talks and letters. Rose Empress XLIII, The Lovely Suzanne
  • Andrew J. W.
    I Gave $25
  • Chuck W.
    I Gave $25
    God Bless Mama Jose , HRH Prince Royale XXXIII of the RCGSE Mr Chuck Whyte ( Salt Lake City )
  • Nathan B.
    I Gave $20
  • John  M.
    I Gave $100
    From Heir Apparent John Menchaca representing The Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire, Denver, CO
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $500
    Love, Absolute Empress XLVII Sissy St.Clair
  • Bill S.
    I Gave $10
  • William F.
    I Gave $10
  • Andrew Blair M.
    I Gave $10
    This is a $10 challenge. To ALL ICS members! From the Heart, Through the Court, For the Community! Let's DO THIS! Hip - Hip - Hooray!
  • Graham N.
    Noble and laudable - our history and legacy!
  • Andrew J. W.
    I Gave $25
  • David H.
    I Gave $25
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $100
    "From the Heart, Through the Court, For the Community" <3
  • Gene B.
    I Gave $100
    For the love of Mama Jose....