Saturday, July 9, 2022

Meet Joe Castel, Director of Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Sarria

Meet Joe Castel, Director of Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Sarria
Meet Joe Castel, Director of Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Sarria 

Virtual Soirée 

Tuesday, July 12th, 

7:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern


Hear from Joe, see clips from the film, and learn how Sarria's legacy as the first openly gay man to run for public office is an equally tragic, valiant, and inspiring story! Joe's documentary was 20 years in the making and 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.

https://unerased.org/resource/monthly-special-soirees

Jose Sarria on BBC News - World Service "The US’s first gay election candidate"

 

Jose Sarria on BBC News - World Service - Witness History

"The US’s first gay election candidate"

In 1961 the first openly gay person ran for public office in the United States. He was called Jose Sarria and he was a drag queen.

In 1961 the first openly gay person ran for public office in the United States. He was called Jose Sarria and he was a drag queen. He was determined that gay people would no longer be second-class citizens and paved the way for future openly gay candidates, such as Harvey Milk. Josephine McDermott speaks to Jose’s friend and fellow drag performer Mike Michelle.

(Photo: Jose Sarria in drag. Credit: The Jose Sarria Foundation)

Credits: Jose Sarria archive material from the documentary, Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria by kind permission of its director Joseph Castel. Black Cat monologue recorded by Ball Records.

Listen on the BBC News website 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct3bwn

Listen on Apple

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-uss-first-gay-election-candidate/id339986758?i=1000569248279

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Current Events for Nelly Queen During June Pride Month 2022

Current Events for Nelly Queen During June Pride Month 2022



June 4th, screening at Lowell MA Pride Festival, Director will do Zoom Q&A

Join us for a special screening of Joe Castel’s documentary film Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Sarria (2020) on Saturday, June 4th from 7:00 - 8:30 at the MCC Federal Building's Assembly Room! The film documents Sarria’s life, starting with his performances at the Black Cat Café in the 1950s, to his historic run for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961 (becoming the first OUT gay person to run for political office in the United States). The film alternates historical footage with captivating interviews and shows “how a marginalized outcast fought unjust laws and united an often fractured community by giving them a political and social identity,” as the Bay Area Reporter wrote in its review. The film's director, Joe Castel, will join us live for a post-screening Q&A!
Recommended for audiences ages 18+
Email info@unerased.org for more details



June 24 screening in Surrey British Columbia for Surrey Pride and Simon Frazier University 

- Gene Brake, Producer and founder of Jose Sarria Foundation will facilitate Q&A

Source: https://www.sfu.ca/gsws/news-events/events.html


June 16 - Corporate Workshop for Allbirds Corporation to include NQ clips on Jose's election for LGBTQ history segment  - presented by Oxford PhD student Mori Reitmayr


Friday, June 18, 2021

Pass the Remote: 10 don’t-miss Frameline programs with ties to the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community

Pass the Remote: 10 don’t-miss Frameline programs with ties to the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community



“Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Sarria”: Have a limited amount of time? Be sure to put this sweet, fascinating nostalgic dive into the life and influential ties of Sarria, a San Francisco drag performer who was an LGBTQ trailblazer and the first out gay person to run for office, high on the list. Director Joseph R. Castel was a friend of Sarria, and that closeness proves to be an asset in “Nelly Queen” as it provides a sentimental but complete overview of one of the Bay Area’s unsung heroes — someone who delighted crowds at San Francisco’s gay Black Cat bar and became a fixture as the “widow” of the Bay Area’s notorious Emperor Norton. 

Bay Area history lovers will eat it up. 

Available to stream Thursday through June 27

Source:

https://localnewsmatters.org/2021/06/16/pass-the-remote-10-dont-miss-frameline-programs-with-ties-to-the-bay-areas-lgbtq-community/?fbclid=IwAR1FqRJ26ylEp6fKpv2VM4m9nMjOpDwA0__Wn_51vqKKiX9dJOhLR5q1w1Y