Emperor Robert Buckner
I have been involved and serving the Fort Worth LGBTQ community for the last 25 years helping the various organizations, clubs, and charities. I became acquainted with the Imperial Court de Fort Worth/ Arlington and began my journey with them twenty years ago. I fell in love with their mission and the family they had created within the organization.
I was honored to be elected in 2002 as Empress XXIV and serve my community in a greater capacity. During this reign we were able to assist with moving a housing group called Samaritan House, this housing group helps and takes care of people that are affected with HIV and have no place to go. We started a supper club for them, were we purchase, cook and serve dinner for the residents. I am so proud that as of today, the ICFWA still once a month provides supper to Samaritan house.
In 2018 I was elected as Emperor XXXIX. This Reign is about rebuilding and restructuring with in our organization and meeting the current needs of our community. While taking care of our current charities, we have been blessed to find others in need and have focused on our Youth Charities. We have an organization called LGBTQ Saves, this is a group that takes care of coming out youth, they arrange foster care for homeless youth, or youth that have been kicked out of their home. We have sponsored their scholarship program. We are helping them with their dream of starting a housing facility and community center to serve, and assist with their needs.
I am an avid believer that we need to remember, cherish, and honor our past, our traditions, and our heritage, but we must also adapt at the same time to meet our present day needs within our community, and attract new and younger membership to sustain our courts and community.
I have been blessed in my Court career, meeting and working with so many great people. I have been honored to have had the opportunity to know our Benevolent Founder Empress 1, Jose, The Widow Norton. I can remember sitting and having several conversations with her and listening to her tails, stories, and history she would share with us.
I am very honored for the opportunity to serve the International Court Council as an Heir Apparent, and will serve in any capacity I can.