The Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywood, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The court system was originally designed as a forum for “campy fun” and, indeed, our titles (such as “Emperor”, “Empress”, “Prince”, and “Princess”) as well as our gala functions enthusiastically reflect that nascent spirit of “campiness”. None of this, however, undermines our objectives as each year the ICOLAH raises tens of thousands of dollars for local, regional, national, and even some international charitable causes.
Perhaps one of the most positive aspects of our empire is that it is open to everyone. Our membership is made up of many different types of individuals from within the LGBTQ community and heterosexual individuals as well. No person’s gender, lifestyle, or mode of dress has any bearing on their welcome within our empire or their eligibility to join the Court Family.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us via our Board of Directors page.
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ICOLAH, Inc. can only achieve its goals with the assistance of generous donations from members of our community. Since our organization relies on the generosity of individuals like you, we ask that you consider making a donation to our cause. We hope that you will help support our efforts. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
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What is the Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood?
The Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood was started in 1971 as a camp and fun contest to elect an Emperor and Empress of Los Angeles. It began doing fundraising shows and events for charity. Thus was born the oldest, most enduring, and dynamic organization in Los Angeles County. In its years of existence the Court has raised over hundreds of thousands for charity.
The Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood is a private, non-profit 501(C)(3) California Public Benefit Corporation. The primary goals of the Imperial Court is to further relationships with organizations and businesses within our community, to raise money for charitable organizations, and to help those in our community who are in need, aka while having a lot of fun.
What does the Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywood Do?
The Imperial Court hosts many different types of events and fundraisers, such as female impersonation (drag) shows, pageants, contests, and tournaments. The Court has events as informal as a picnic in the parks or a bake sale to grand lavish affairs that take place in hotel ballrooms. Any type of social event that can raise money for a good cause can be used as an Imperial Court event.
The Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywood has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to innumerable charities and organizations, and causes within and outside of Los Angeles County. It would be hard to list a charitable organization or cause that has not been touched by the Imperial Court, the beneficiaries list in the hundreds.
Many of the organizations that have become Los Angeles landmarks received some of their initial seed money from Imperial Court fundraising efforts. Some Los Angeles area fundraisers are Imperial Court traditions such as; Mr, Ms & Miss Gay Pride LA; Hollywood Show Queen and Show King, the annual Queen USA, Masquerade Ball and Luau; and the Plant Project, which delivers fresh flowers and plants to People with AIDS in area hospitals and hospices.
Who can be involved in the Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywood? BE A MEMBER
The Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywood is open to anyone and everyone. Our members represent every aspect of our society, includinmg all ethnicities, genders, and secual orientations. The Court is here to serve the Los Angeles & Hollywoof community in the tradition of compassion, community, and caring.
There are many different opportunties for involvement within the Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywood, depending on your own individual talents, desires and time constraints. The benefits of Court membership and involvement are many. You have a chance to make a difference in someone else’s life while making a difference in your own. You have a chance to be heard and recognized for what you choose to accomplish.
A unique opportunity for Court members is be a representive of The Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywood at Coronations in other communities, both within and outside California. In this way, bonds are established and reinforced with the other Courts within the International Court system, and is a great way to meet new people and share ideas.
One of the best aspects of the Court is involvement is the friends you make for life. There is true sense of family within the Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywoof that does not end with the crowning of the new monarchs.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Alfia Hollywood Food Bank
Aid for Aids
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Bienestar, Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos
Cara a Cara, Latino AIDS Project
Caring for Babies with AIDS
Carl Bean Hospice
Connexxus Womens Center
The CORE Program
Foothill AIDS Project
Gary Bond Memorial AIDS Assistance Fund
of the Silverlake Community Council
Gay & Lesbian Adolescent Services
Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center
Great American Yankee Freedom Band
Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness
International Gay & Lesbian Archives
Los Angeles/USC Medical Center
Los Angeles Free Clinic
Los Angeles Shanti Foundation
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Minority AIDS Project
Project Angel Food
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