The Jose Sarria Foundation
The Jose Sarria Foundation is an all volunteer, non profit corporation registered in the State of Washington and is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 public charity. This Foundation is an independent body, not associated with any particular Imperial Court or the Court Council.
Foundation Board of Directors
Gene Brake – Spokane, WA
Brian Benamati – San Francisco, CA
Fidel Morin – Corpus Christi, TX
Tony Ross – Albuquerque, NM
Daniel Hayes – Washington, DC
Joe Castel – Pasadena, CA
Foundation Honorary Advisory Committee
Bob Toane – Toronto
Mark Campbell – Buffalo
Jose Gutierrez (Latino GLBT History Project) – Washington, DC
The Board and Advisory Committee are some of those that loved Jose and want nothing but the best for her memory.
How did this organization come about?
Gene had been collecting historic items for many years related to the GLBT community and Jose and the ICS in particular. In addition he purchased numerous items from Jose Sarria’s estate auction and wanted to make sure these items were protected for future generations. The birth of the Foundation grew out of a conversation he had with Bob Toane. Knowing that none of us live forever, he created the foundation and is transferring the ownership of these items to the foundation along with a small endowment to help ensure her legacy continues. The Foundation hopes to publicly display these artifacts to promote her memory in various parts of the country in association with events that honor Jose’s legacy.
This Foundation is wholly focused on promoting the legacy of Jose Julio Sarria, no politics, no agendas.
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