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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Why is it Called “Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Juilio Sarria” ?

Why is it Called “Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Juilio Sarria” ?
From 1951-1963, Sarria stood in bright red heels on table tops at the Black Cat Café in San Francisco to sing torch songs accompanied by a honky-tonk piano. The diva performed one man opera parodies, replacing the straight love story with a gay one. 
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.