Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria
Thursday, July 13, 2023 6:00 PM CDT
In 1961, Jose Sarria was the first openly gay man to run for public office in the United States. 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 and proved for the first time that there is a gay voting bloc. Nelly Queen is not just an LGBTQ history lesson–it's a triumphant story of the human spirit, a hero's journey of man fighting unjust laws and uniting a fractured community.