Building Essential Ehra over the past few years, I have learned so much. We’ve educated the public, raised money for emergency funds, and held vaccination drives. We’ve worked to ensure that our community survived.

What has become clear is that survival is not enough.

The past few years of constant change have numbed us. As our crisis has stretched on to become our new way of life, the only thing that feels certain is that our community’s future is not.

This must change. We need to create our own hope. We need to uplift our community – and the organizations who serve it – so that we not only survive to make our future, but we thrive in it.

As Empress of San Francisco, my mission is to connect LGBTQIA+ people who need immigration, education and healthcare assistance with organizations who can help them; charities that will offer stability, security, and opportunity.

Together, we can build a future where we thrive.
We can move forward, hand-in-hand, into #aNewEhra

What does the Empress of San Francisco do?

Since 1965, the people of San Francisco have selected an Empress to represent their community. They are tasked to raise money and awareness for non-profit and charitable causes of their choice. 

Every year, a new Emperor and Empress are elected by the people of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.

They reign for one year, organizing fundraisers and events, steering the agenda and members of the Imperial Council of San Francisco, and acting as a figurehead for the LGBTQIA+ community here locally. They also represent San Francisco throughout the International Court System in cities across the US, Canada and Mexico. 

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Why is this important?

The Empress of San Francisco is able to direct the fundraising efforts of her court; a family of volunteers, monarchs and titleholders.

Beyond the glitz and pageantry, the court focuses much of its essential work to support non-profits serving the people of San Francisco.

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