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Pride Path: Holding Court to help Buffalo

It’s easy to get distracted by the majestic crowns, ostentatious gowns, and oh-so-libatious nights on the town, but this weekend, Imperial Court of Buffalo reminds us (with a party) what the monarchy is really all about — the giving, not the glamour.

The royal family of ICOB Reign 24 raised $16,000 since last summer that will be disbursed among nine different local organizations and causes during its Disbursement of Funds, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Q (44 Allen St.)

DJ Fierce sets the mood for the 7 p.m. cocktail hour with a cash bar, and Emperor Eli Capone’s royal family members make their final command performances of the reign when disbursement begins at 8 p.m.

For years, the Court has been highly regarded for its support of local LGBT individuals, businesses and organizations, but its claim to fame is typically its Imperial Game. Members take on titles such as emperor and empress (even titles like Grand Duke of Border Crossings) — and stay in character at all events.

Yes, it is only appropriate to bow or curtsy when addressing your Empress, but no one will hold it against you if you don’t — unless you know better.

In the past 25 years, Imperial Court of Buffalo has raised more than $500,000 for charities and groups serving the local LGBT and HIV/AIDS community. The local court is one chapter among 70 in the international parent organization, founded in 1965 in San Francisco.

Among the organizations accepting funds at the event are Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, Evergreen Health Services, embraceWNY, ECMC, Buffalo United Artists and Pride Center of WNY.


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