Mayor Linda Gorton of Lexington, KY joins the National Letter Writing Campaign for the LGBTQ+ Heroes Stamps


June 11, 2021

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee C/O Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300 Washington, DC 20260-3501

To Whom It May Concern,


I write you today to fully support the creation of stamps to honor founder of the International Court System Jose Julio Sarria, Latina civil rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera, and trailblazer in diversity and gender identity Marsha P. Johnson.

As a Lexington Councilmember, Vice Mayor, and now Mayor, I have been proud to proactively support our LGBTQ residents – passing Kentucky’s first countywide Fairness Ordinance protecting the LGBTQ community from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, sponsoring domestic partner benefits for City employees, and working with our Council to pass a recent ban on conversion therapy, protecting Lexington’s youth from this potentially harmful practice. I support and honor our LGBTQ community and the many ways they make Lexington, Kentucky, the nation and world better.

I find it appropriate to develop a postage stamp honoring each of the aforementioned individuals. Jose Julio Sarria was a trailblazer – the first openly gay candidate for public office and founder of the International Court System, which serves the LGBTQ community in so many ways.

Sylvia Rivera stood up to authorities as a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. She was a dedicated activist, fighting for those who were left behind as the gay rights movement became mainstream.

Marsha P. Johnson formed an organization offering shelter and support to the transgender community. Along with Sylvia, Marsha was a prominent figure of the Stonewall Riots. She left behind a legacy of supporting our black transgender residents.

With this knowledge, these three individuals deserve the same recognition bestowed upon Harvey Milk with a postage stamp in their honor. I support the International Court System and National LGBTQ+ Taskforce LGBTQ+ Heroes Stamp Campaign.


Linda Gorton Mayor

CC: Nicole Murray Ramirez; John Carrillo; Nicole Diamond

ICK Stamp Support Letter 2021


The titular head of the International Imperial Court System, Her most Imperial and Sovereign Majesty, The Queen Mother I of the Americas Empress Nicole the Great, after much consultation and advice, Her Majesty presents the 12 nobles in the official line of succession.
1. Emperor Robert Surreall -Spokane
Empress Nicole Diamond -Kentucky
2. Emperor John Carrillo -San Francisco
Empress Jaylene Tyme -Vancouver
3. Emperor John Ribson -Hamilton Ontario
 Empress Helen Twelvetrees -Las Vegas

4. Emperor Larry -Reno
Empress Danielle -Hawaii
5. Emperor Sir Steve – Ohio
Empress Reba Macenwhat – Boise
6. Emperor Rudy -Washington D.C.
Empress Barbie -Florida
7. Emperor Peter Storm -Washington
Empress Karina -Los Angels 
8. Emperor Carmine – Boise
Empress Destiny – Washington D.C.
9. Emperor Robert – Fort Worth
Empress Misha – Sacramento
10. Emperor Russell – San Diego
Empress Aleksa – Seattle
11. Emperor Scott – Chicago
Empress Miss Drew – Ontario
12. Emperor Thomas – Buffalo
Empress Brooklyn – Cincinnati
Crown Prince of the Americas, Military Czar 
Lord High Chancellor -Duncan Stewart
Crown Princess of the Americas, First Lady to the Queen Mother I of the Americas – Bettie Pages



Next Saturday, the great Empire of Long Beach will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary Coronation.  As if this wasn’t a historic enough occasion, it also marks the 50th anniversary of the crowning of Emperor Greg Lucio, the very first Emperor within our International Imperial Court System.  This was an event that would forever change the face of our Court System and help to shape it into the more inclusive organization that it has become today.

In order to properly mark such a momentous occasion within the International Court System, The King Father and I have decided to pay tribute to the Office of the Emperor by honoring “50 Emperors of Distinction”.  When I approached the legendary Empress Coco Lachine of New York to Chair this massive undertaking, as always, she graciously accepted the challenge.  I must extend both mine, and the King Fathers thanks to her and her team for all of the hard work and dedication they have put into bringing our vision for “50 Emperors of Distinction” to life.  Further information, as well as the submission forms, will be posted later today by Empress Coco or a member of her team.  Contact my Lord High Chancellor, Duncan Stewart at for fillable copies of the submission form.  Any questions regarding this event should be directed to Empress Coco Lachine at .

I pray that you all are staying safe and healthy as COVID continues negatively impact the lives of so many.  Thank you all for your continued dedication to your communities and our International Court System.  LONG LIVE THE EMPERORS!!!

Link to nomination form 50 Emperors of Distinction



The INTERNATIONAL IMPERIAL COURT’S COUNCIL and I am proud to announce the establishment of the INTERNATIONAL FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE BEACON OF LIGHT CITATIONjoining the INTERNATIONAL BETSY ROSS CITATION as our way of acknowledging individuals who are making difference and big contributions during this most difficult time in our world 🌎 While I deeply appreciate all of your kind words about establishing these awards I could not have found these International Honors without the dedication and hard work of some very unselfish individuals.The overwhelming success of the BESTY ROSS CITATIONS has been because of NICOLE DIAMOND and her assistants in KENTUCKY. Today we ate able to launch the FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE CITATION because of the artistic talents of JAYLENE TYME of VANCOUVER, CANADA who drew the art and serves as a NATIONAL CO-CHAIR. Also the outstanding talents of renowned graphics artist CESAR REYES of San Diego. And of course DESTINY CHILDS OF Washington ,D.C. who is also an International Chair of this Project. 🏆 And now to announce the first 5 HONOREES: Michael Reese(MISTY BLUE) of San Francisco this year marks two decades of being in the health field and not only is in the frontlines battling COVID-19 but serves on the board of a non-profit LGBTQ organization.Misty dedication inspired me to establish this award. 🏆 LORENE STELMARCH has been in healthcare for over 45 years and is now a managing NURSE and also volunteers for non-profits and is a leader in his community in Edmonton,Canada 🏆 JOSHUA LIPPINCOTT has been in health care almost all his life a when this San Franciscan heard the desperate call for nurses in NEW YORK he immediately went and is still there now….a true hero. 🏆CHARLES ROZANSKI (Betty Pages) this successful Colorado business person has been giving and helping others ALL his life.A leader in the acclaimed FEEDING DENVER’S HUNGRY which now has reached over 50,000 in the last 2 months.He is also the INTERNATIONAL co-chair of the COMICS FOR KIDS PROJECT and has donated thousands of books. As you see the honoree does not have to be just in the medical field. 🏆 DUSTIN D. COBWEBS B. CHILDS has been in the health field for16 years and is a NURSE in a VIRGINIA hospital were she has been quarantined twice already due to being exposed to a patient’ with COVID-19. She is also a strong advocate for women’s rights.Congratulations to our first HONOREES. For further information and how to nominate contact: EMPRESS2DESTINY@GMAIL……or JAYLENETYME @GMAIL….or NICOLEMRSD1@GMAIL.COM…… Thank you and GOD BLESS you All.🙏

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Seattle, Washington
February 15, 2020
Empress Nicole The Great
Queen Mother I of the Americas
Canada, United States, Mexico

It is my deep and most sincere honor to be once again in beautiful Seattle, Washington.  Fourteen years ago our beloved founder, my royal mother and mentor, Absolute Empress I of San Francisco announced in Reno, Nevada that she would be stepping down from her position as the Titular Head of the International Imperial Court System effective immediately and that I, her then Heir and 1st in Line of Succession and President of her Council, would be anointed and crowned as her successor.   I asked Jose’ that night to please re-think her decision and that I, at the end of the year, would come visit her home in Palm Springs and accept her final decision.   Months later my Imperial daughters, Empress Coco LaChine of New York and Empress Milo Angel of San Diego, San Fernando Valley and Eugene traveled with me to Palm Springs to meet Jose’.  I carried with me two proclamations, one renouncing her abdication and the other not only proclaiming me her Heir and Successor but turning over all of her royal authority, privileges, and rights to me as her legitimate Heir and thus the Titular Head of our International Imperial Court System.

To my surprise Jose’ immediately signed the latter proclamation and then preceded to ask me which crown of hers I wished to have and be crowned in, and that she would crown me as Empress II of the Americas and the ceremony would be held in San Diego.  I immediately respectfully told her that there would always be just one Empress of the Americas and then she came up with “Queen Mother of the Americas” for me and all of my successors.  I then selected her small “Queen Victoria” crown and asked her for one of her rosaries.  Jose’ then asked me what my imperial symbol would be and I told her that in her honor my symbol and that of all my successors would be the “Romanov Imperial Double Eagle”.  I then asked Jose’ if she would not crown me in San Diego but in Seattle because then it would be easier for Canadian Nobles to be in attendance.    She agreed, then my daughters Coco and Milo signed Jose’s Imperial Proclamation as royal witnesses.   We kissed her and began our journey back to San Diego.  The next day Empress Remy of San Francisco posted Jose’s Proclamation and the rest is history.

I immediately starting receiving endless phone calls from throughout the kingdoms pledging their loyalty and allegiance.  One of the most important calls I received was from the 1st Empress of All Canada, Mr. ted northe who extended me her love and support. I will always be grateful and humbled by her call, as ted northe is and will always be a historic and legendary gay Icon.  Would all of our Canadian Nobles here with us tonight please stand so that we can give you a proper American welcome.  You honor me and all of us with your presence.  (February 15, 1965 Canada adopted its flag.)

In the 1950’s Senator Joe McCarthy went on a national witch-hunt against Americas who were progressive and liberal.  He also went after homosexuals.  McCarthy came up with the label “Pink Perverted Communist”.  Homosexuals were hunted down throughout the government and military.  Homosexuals were considered deviants, criminals, perverts, insane and many were sent to mental hospitals and prisons.  It was in this dangerous homophobic environment that a World War I Veteran and proud Hispanic man, Jose’ Julio Sarria officially and openly came out of the closet and became an activist who called upon his homosexual brothers and sisters to be proud of who they were and stand up and refuse to be treated like second class citizens.   

In 1961 Jose’ became the first openly gay candidate to run for public office and shook up the political powers and as Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco has said, “Jose’s political campaign was the beginning of true Gay Power”.  As I have said so many times before “Jose’ Julio Sarria is indeed the Rosa Parks of the Gay Rights Movement.

Empress Jose’ planted that royal seed in San Francisco in 1965 and soon saw it grow into a mighty Royal Oak Tree whose branches spread across Canada, United States and Mexico.  Jose’ knew in planting this royal oak tree that she would never see its final growth.  She knew that she would never sit in its shade and see all of its beauty.  But she understood that he who plants trees knowingly will never see all that it covers and is one who truly understands the true meaning of leadership and sacrifice.   

Yes, thirteen years ago Empress I Jose’ on this very Saturday night on Presidents Day Weekend crowned me Queen Mother I of the Americas.   And today I return to Seattle with a royal husband of state and the beginning of our monarchy with two heads of state, His Most Imperial Majesty King Father I of the Americas Mr. Terry Sidie.   I return wearing historic San Francisco monarchs’ medallions of Empress I Jose’ and one of her Empress rings.  These are cherished gifts from my beloved sister and brother from San Francisco, Empress Galilea and Emperor Jerry Colletti, all of which will be passed on to my heirs and successors.

I return to Seattle with happiness for our Canadian brothers and sisters who have faced their own national election against a right wing conservative homophobic agenda that they defeated at the polls.

I return to Seattle as we face an upcoming election that is becoming a national battle for the soul of America.  For we live in a time that children are put in cages.  We live in a time that our transgender sisters are being murdered across the country and the very lives of transgender Americans are trying to be erased.  We live in a time when more and more Americas are living in the streets and homelessness has become a national crisis.   We live in a time when suicide and drug abuse is at an all-time high, especially among our veterans.  Would our veterans and active military here with us this evening please stand, we thank you for your service.   

We are living in a time when walls are being built instead of our American hands being extended out with love and understanding.  We are living in a time when more and more anti LGBTQ legislation bills are being introduced in State Capitals across this nation than ever before.   We live in a time when woman’s rights to control their own bodies are under attack.  Yes, we are living in a time that billions are being spent to see if there is life on the moon or mars but here on earth children and seniors are going to bed every night hungry.  So, I say to you all, what would our beloved Jose’ say and do if she were alive today?   She would say what she was saying in the 1960’s and 70’s, “Stand Up, Speak Out, Fight Back”.

So today on this the fifteenth day of February I proclaim that 2020 will be a priority focus on GLBT Vote 2020 – Out of the Closets and into the Voting Booths!  We will do this in observance of Jose’s 55th Anniversary as the founder of the International Imperial Court System.  Yes, we will join the fight for the soul of America.

Thank you and God Bless to All.

And now it is the honor and privilege for the King Father and Queen Mother to present their first joint proclamation.

Let it be known throughout the Empires and the Great Nations of Canada, United States and Mexico their Majesties and the International Imperial Court Council appreciates the powerful statement to our future that is being made by the rapidly growing number of individual courts who are including and embracing the use of non-binary titles.  Let it be known that their Most Imperial Majesties and the International Court Council support, recognize and encourage the use of non-binary titles throughout the court system.   

We salute the Mother Court of Canada – Vancouver for being the first court to implement this recognition of our new LGBTQ+ generation.

Queen Mother I of the Americas Nicole the Great
King Father I of the Americas Terry Sidie

Message from Queen Mother 1 of the America’s Nicole the Great

This year marks a special occasion as it is my 13th year as your Queen Mother.
This month marks the 13th year being crowned by Mama Jose as her successor. Next week I will be going to Seattle where I was crowned to mark this special occasion and to deliver my 13th State of the Empire address.
The Line of Succession is a salute to honor many of our Nobles and Leaders whose shoulders we stand on. Some in the Line of Succession have 30 to 40 years of serving the community and to the Imperial Court System. The majority of the Line of Succession this year shows the dedication these nobles have given to all of us.
Bobby Childers, Salt Lake City, UT
Tiger Lily, San Francisco, CA
Just Jack, New York
Misha Rockerfeller, San Francisco, CA / Portland, OR
Stephen Dorsey, San Francisco, CA
Esmeralda Kane Jaymes, San Antonio, TX
Carmine Caruso, Boise, ID
Destiny the Defiant, Washington, DC
Peter Storm, Bellingham, WA
Karina Samala, Los Angeles, CA
Scott Fromeyer, Cincinnati, OH
Freeda Bangkok, Cincinnati, OH
Jerry Colletti, San Francisco, CA
Barbie LaChoy, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Larry Masterpeirro, San Francisco, CA
Reba Macenwhat, Boise, ID
Tree, New York
Danielle Logan, Hawaii
John Ribson, Toronto, Ontario
Helen Twelvetrees, Las Vegas, NV
John Carrillo, San Francisco, CA
Jaylene Tyme, Vancouver, BC
Czar 1 of the Americas, Emperor Rob Surreal, Spokane, WA
Imperial Crown Princess of the Americas, Empress Nicole the Good, Lexington, KY
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Official Announcement from Queen Mother 1 of the America’s Nicole the Great and the International Court Council 2020

Official Imperial Announcement of the Imperial Monarchy of the International Imperial Court System, of Canada, the United States, & Mexico.

2020 will be the 55th anniversary of the crowning of our beloved founder Empress1 Jose in San Francisco.

As I have said many times from a seed planted in San Francisco by Empress Jose and nurtured by the Imperial Family of San Francisco it grew into a Royal Oak tree that now has branches in 70 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico

I am very happy to announce that the 15th Jose Honors will be held in Washington DC. For more information please contact Empress Nicole Diamond or Empress Destiny B. Childs

This being the 55th Anniversary of Jose Crowning and thus the beginning of the International Court System we have many plans to commemorate this historic occasion with a professional public relations campaign to the International LGBTQ2S+ media.

 In the United States, our priority focus will be the 2020 elections promoting registering to vote and Focusing on GET OUT THE VOTE (Chaired by Baron Nathan Page)

We will also be working to build stronger and more productive ties with our Canadian Courts.  

We will be working on the 2 future ceremonies regarding the USNS Harvey Milk and involving active and LGBTQ2S+ veterans (Chaired by Navy Veteran Rudy, and CPO Duncan Stewart)

I am also happy to announce to be promoting the International GAYLA Dog Shows to benefit the local Chapters and the Dogtopia Foundation (Chaired by Robert Buckner & Ginger Sparkles B Childs Dennis)

I am happy to report that things are moving right on track with the History Book “55 Years of Noble Deeds” (Chaired By Bettie Pages)

I am happy to announce that we will be Producing and International Nobles Coloring Book (Chaired by Empress Cookie B Childs & Empress Esmeralda Kane Jaymes)

There will be other exciting projects that the International Imperial Court Council will be announcing and working on which will be revealed at my 13th annual State of the Empire Address in Seattle, WA.

The International Court System will also have a booth at the annual Creating Change conference in Dallas, TX in January. This conference attracts over 4000 LGBTQ2S+ leaders and activists.  I am pleased to announce I will be attendance and looking forward it.

I am pleased to announce that the Privy Council to the Queen Mother is being reorganized to be a more productive body. (Chaired by its new President Emperor Martin Rooney, Surrey, BC Canada)

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I am honored to be your Queen Mother.

And now presenting the Heir Apparent’s to Queen Mother 1 Of the America’s, Nicole The Great and members of the International Court Council

Now presenting 1st and 2nd of the Imperial Line Of Succession to the Queen Mother 1 of the America’s, Nicole The Great;

1st in Line – Emperor Rob Surreal & Empress Nicole Diamond

2nd in Line – Emperor John Carillo & Empress Jaylene Tyme

The Full Line of Succession will be announced in San Diego at the ICC meeting.

The official investiture, of her Majesties heirs and members of the International Court Council, will be held in San Diego Coronation weekend February 7th, 2020

Executive Council for 2020:

President: John Carrillo, San Francisco, CA

1st Vice President: Nicole Diamond, Lexington, KY

2nd Vice President: Jaylene Tyme, Vancouver, BC

Recording Secretary: Nathan Page, San Francisco, CA

Corresponding Secretary: Destiny B. Childs, Washington DC

Treasurer: Anni Coque l’Doo, Almeda Ducal

Minister of Women’s Affairs: Cookie B Childs, Washington DC

List of Hiers in Alphabetical Order –

Barbie LaChoy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bobby Childers, Salt Lake City, UT (Chancellor to her Majesty Queen Mother)

Carmine Emilio Caruso, Boise, ID

Coco LaTique, Buffalo, NY           

Bettie Pages, Denver, CO

Danielle Logan, Hawaii

Darnelle of Wakanda, San Diego, CA

Esmeralda Kane Jaymes, San Antonio, TX

Freeda Bangkok, Cincinnati, OH

Helen Twelvetrees, Las Vegas, NV

Jason Dickson Vanderbilt, Toronto, ON

Jed Spedlove, Reno, NV              

Jerry Coletti Munro, San Francisco, CA

John Ribson, Toronto, ON

Just Jack, New York, NY

Karina Samala, Los Angeles, CA

Landa Lakes , San Francisco, CA

Larry Mastropierro, Reno, NV   

Logan Storm, Providence, RI

Lovely Jeff Janney, Ft Worth, TX

Mark Allen Surreal, Spokane, WA (Member @ Large)

Midori Ice, Las Vegas, NV            

Misha Rockafeller, Sacramento, CA / Portland, OR

Nina Tron, Calgary, AL   

Peter Storm, Bellingham, WA

Petty Cash, Cincinnati, OH

Ralph Farinella, Buffalo, NY

Reba Macenwhat, Boise, ID

Robert Buckner, Ft Worth, TX

Robert Haggard, Seattle, WA

Rad Ronda Peters Beaute , Seattle, WA

Rudy, Washington DC

Russel Roybal, San Diego, CA

Scot Fromeyer, Cincinnati, OH

Steve O, Ogden, UT

Stephen Dorsey, San Francisco, CA

Stephanie Paul, Denver, CO

Tempest Windz-Foxx, Ogden, UT

Thom Branscum, Buffalo, NY

Thomas Dollard, Corpus Cristi, TX

Tiger Lily, San Francisco, CA

Tree, New York, NY

Will Devo Kane-Jaymes, San Antonio, TX


21 August 2019
Almost 13 years ago, in the beautiful city of Seattle at their annual Coronation, our beloved founder, Absolute Empress 1 of San Francisco, Jose Julio Sarria crowned me her Heir and Successor and Queen Mother 1 of the Americas.
I then gave my first State of the Empire address, where I proclaimed that my successors would be elected by The International Imperial Court Council (IICC). I now have further proclaimed that now ALL courts will have the right to confirm or not confirm the vote of the ICC. Thus, Jose and I will be the last “anointed” Monarchs.
On February 8, 2020, at San Diego’s 43rd Coronation, I will crown my Royal Husband of State, Emperor 1 of the Americas, Terry Sidie, as KING FATHER 1 OF THE AMERICAS. Emperor Terry, is a beloved son of Jose, one who has served on her council and Heir in her line of succession. Terry is a man of integrity and principles. This title is given with honor, with my respect and love.
While I will remain as the sole HEAD OF STATE he will be accorded all the honors and respect he deserves as King Father. Thus my successors will be crowned as Queen Mother 2 and King FATHER 2 of the Americas.
You are all invited to the Regal State crowning of Emperor Terry Sidie on February 8, 2020
Empress Nicole the Great
P.O. Box 33915
San Diego, Ca 92163
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