About the Project
Blue Tiger Studio helped problem solve to get this website updated and running smoothly. The Foundation previously had a website, but they wanted to re-establish their existing website into a more elegant and streamlined look, with more accessible information. Things to consider were not only which platform to use, but also a donation system that integrated on the site. Additionally, the website needed to be easy to update by the Foundation, rather than having to call the webmaster for assistance. The Foundation wanted to include some additional features for users, such as a map to see all the locations of the Imperial Court Systems around the Americas, along with the implementation of photo galleries and social sliders.
Blue Tiger Studio researched plugins and payment options for donations. Blue Tiger Studio generally prefers to design in WordPress, our website builder of choice. We created this website using WordPress and used Divi as our main builder, with additional building plug-ins such as the gallery plug-in on the gallery page. We used Divi Booster to fix additional site bugs and theme issues. Check out José Sarria Foundation’s website and see for yourself: https://josesarria.org/
Behind the Foundation
The José Sarria Foundation “For the love of Mama José” is dedicated to keeping his memory alive. The Foundation’s logo was designed with the intention that Mama Jose spread love wherever she went despite the aversions from those in the surrounding communities. José Sarria was a strong advocate for LGBT rights and wanted his community to be accepted for who there were.
The Foundation’s website has extensive information about the life of José Sarria, the first openly gay man who ran for a government position in 1961. José, a WW2 veteran, and cabaret performer dedicated his entire life for LGBT rights and helped raised money to keep the community alive. While not being the only resource, the José Sarria Foundation is an authoritative resource on all things José Sarria. The website also offers extensive information about Mama Jose’s affects and events about her amazing life.
His foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Washington. You can find more information about the foundation here.
In June 2021, a special event was held to honor José Sarria in Spokane, Washington. Not only was there a display of historic artifacts, a screening of Nelly Queen: The Life & Times of Jose’ Sarria, a documentary, by Joe Castel was unveiled. The event was attended, in person, by many supporters.
The First Court
In 1965, José’ Sarria founded the Imperial Court de San-Francisco which is now known as the International Court System. (ICS) This is a network of organizations that works to further community relationships for equality and raise monies for charitable causes. It consists of 70 affiliated “chapters” in the US, Canada, and Mexico and is one of the largest LGBT organizations in the world. Check out the schedule for future Coronations.
The José Scholarship Fund
In 2015, the International Court Council created The José Julio Sarria International Endowment Scholarship. The ICC created this scholarship to honor the founder Jose and to promote his unending legacy!
For the Love of Mama José…