BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Nicole Murray Ramirez

Empress Nicole the Great, The Queen Mother of the Americas within the Imperial Court System, has been an LGBT activist for over 45 years and is currently a San Diego appointed city human rights commissioner.

 

City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez has been elected the chair of the San Diego Human Relations Commission (HRC) for an unprecedented four terms.

 

The San Diego Human Rights Commission comprises leaders from the Religious, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, African American and Native American communities appointed by the mayor and the City Council. Murray-Ramirez was first appointed by then-Mayor Dick Murphy, and reappointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders. When first elected four years ago, he was the first openly gay man elected as chair. Murray-Ramirez was unanimously elected chair by the fellow commissioners.

 

Murray-Ramirez has served the last five mayors of San Diego, and was elected as the chair of the first mayor’s GLBT Advisory Board and the first GLBT Advisory Board to the chief of police.

 

Murray-Ramirez has been a Latino and gay activist for 45 years serving in roles as past national board member of the Human Rights Campaign, past National Chair of LLEGO, the National Chair of Stonewall 25, and the only gay activist in the country who has been elected to all four national boards of the Marches on Washington, DC. He was also elected chair of the Millennium March. He is the past State Chair of Equality California and is currently serving a four-year term on the national board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He was also appointed by the county Board of Supervisors to the Regional Task Force on AIDS in the 1980s and has served as a county deputy marriage commissioner.

 

Within the Imperial Court System, Murray-Ramirez long held a leadership position as President of the Imperial Court Council and 1st Heir Apparent to José Sarria, the Widow Norton. At a Coronation Ball in Seattle, Washington on February 17, 2007, Sarria formally handed leadership of the organization over to Murray-Ramirez. The latter assumed the title “Queen Mother of the Americas”.[2]

 

In 1974, as Empress of the Imperial Court de San Diego, Murray-Ramirez rode in San Diego’s first Pride Parade in an open vehicle amid jeers from hostile spectactors. He was among the few to take the microphone and speak at the rally in Balboa Park immediately following. Regarding that day he said:​

 

“It was a scary and lonely march down Broadway…Nobody applauded. And most gay people didn’t come out to the sidelines because they were afraid.”

 

Murray-Ramirez was grand marshal for that parade on its anniversary 30 years later, was grand marshal in Tijuana‘s first pride parade, served as chair of the Chief of Police Advisory Board, has served on other state and national boards, was the first San Diegan elected to chair the board for Equality California, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Diego Latino Coalition, and was presented the Caesar Chavez Humanitarian Award by the widow of César Chávez

 

In 2012, Murray-Ramirez successfully spearheaded the renaming of Blaine Street in the Hillcrest neighborhood, to Harvey Milk Street.

Rea Carey

Rea Carey is one of the most respected leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) movement. Through her leadership, Carey has advanced a vision of freedom for LGBTQ people and their families that is broad, inclusive and unabashedly progressive. 


She grounds her work solidly in racial, economic and social justice. This approach to leadership has delivered results as diverseas: winning an LGBT-inclusive federal hate crimes prevention law; defeating multiple state anti-LGBT ballot measures; spotlighting discrimination against transgender people; winning marriage equality; building stronger support for fair immigration reform; and, successfully securing scores of changes in federal agencies to attend to the needs of the LGBTQ community.

 

Prior to her work with the Task Force, Carey worked extensively in HIV/AIDS prevention, on issues affecting homeless and LGBTQ youth, and in organization and leadership development. She was a co-founder of Gay Men and Lesbians Opposing Violence (DC) and the founding executive director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. Carey is a Hunt Alternatives’ Prime Movers Fellow and serves on the boards of directors for the Flamboyan Foundation and Freeman Foundation

Inaugural Board of Governors

Stuart Milk

Stuart Milk is a global LGBT human rights activist and political speaker. The nephew of civil rights leader Harvey Milk, he is the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. Founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation

Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist. He conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which has become, at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of community folk art as of 2016. Founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Reverend Troy Perry

Troy Deroy Perry Jr is the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, a Christian denomination with a special affirming ministry with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, in Los Angeles on October 6, 1968

Mandy Carter

Mandy Carter is an American black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist. She is a former Executive Director and one of the six co-founders of the North Carolina-based Southerners On New Ground (SONG). Founded at the 1993 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's (NGLTF) Creating Change Conference in Durham, North Carolina, SONG integrates work against homophobia into freedom struggles in the South. Carter is a co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC).

Toni Atkins

Toni G. Atkins is an American Democratic politician from San Diego, California. She was the Speaker of the California State Assembly and is currently a member of the California State Senate representing the 39th district. She formerly served on the San Diego City Council from 2000 to 2008, including a term as Acting Mayor. She served as the acting governor of California for nine hours on July 30, 2014, making her the first openly gay governor of California.

Marjorie Hill

Marjorie J. Hill, Ph.D. is the former Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation’s oldest AIDS service organization. GMHC provides a continuum of services to 11,000 men, women, and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and a world-renowned legacy of health-care advocacy, promoting social justice, and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. Dr. Hill previously served as GMHC’s Managing Director for Community Health, where she had responsibility for the Women’s Institute, the Institute for Gay Men’s Health (IGMH), and coordination of community-level health promotion initiatives. 

Prior to her tenure at GMHC, Dr. Hill was the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). At DOHMH Dr. Hill had administrative oversight for HIV prevention, treatment, and research and housing programs. Dr. Hill was responsible for all aspects of federally mandated community planning and for the development of city-wide HIV/AIDS policy. In addition, Dr. Hill provided oversight for over 400 prevention, care, and treatment programs and is especially proud of the historic expansion of Syringe Exchange Programs, enhanced NYC inter-agency collaboration, and the 5 million male and female condoms distributed annually during her tenure.

Annise Parker

Annise Danette Parker is an American politician who served as the 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas, from 2010 until 2016. She also served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council from 1998 to 2003 and city controller from 2004 to 2010. Parker was Houston's second female mayor and one of the first openly gay mayors of a major U.S. city, with Houston being the most populous U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. Following the voter-approval of Proposition 2 on November 3, 2015, which extended the terms of the Mayor, City Controller, and City Councilmembers to two four-year terms, Parker became the last Houston Mayor to be limited to serving three two-year terms.

Paker is currently the President and CEO of the Victory Fund.

Matt McCoy

Matthew W. "Matt" McCoy is the Iowa State Senator from the 21st District, which is composed of south and southwest Des Moines. A member of the Iowa Democratic Party, McCoy has served in the Iowa Senate since 1997. Prior to his service in the Iowa Senate, McCoy served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1993-1997. McCoy is the first openly gay member of the Iowa Legislature.

Cecilia Chung

Cecilia Chung is a civil rights leader and activist for LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, health advocacy and social justice. Cecilia is a trans woman. Her life story was one of four main storylines in the 2017 ABC miniseries When We Rise about LGBT rights in the 1970's and 80's.

 

Cecilia has spent much of her adult life advocating for health related issues affecting the LGBT community. This has included working as a HIV test counselor at UCSF AIDS Health Project, HIV Program Coordinator at API American Health Forum and as Deputy Director at the Transgender Law Center. Additionally, Cecilia is the first transgender woman and first Asian to be elected to lead the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration, and the first transgender woman as well as the first person living openly with HIV to Chair the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

 

Cecilia founded San Francisco Transgender Advocacy and Mentorship (SF TEAM) to provide events for the transgender community through the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. She was also one of the founders of the annual Trans March.

Marsha Botzer

Marsha Botzer has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and progressive communities in various roles for over 30 years. In her home state she was an early member of Hands Off Washington, a founding board member of both Equal Rights Washington and the Seattle LGBT Community Center, and has served as a board member for Pride Foundation, Safe Schools Coalition, Lambert House, and Seattle Counseling Service. Marsha was a founding member and secretary of Equality Washington, a co-chair the Seattle City LBGT Commission, and has served as chair of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services LGBT Advisory Committee.

Nationally and internationally, Marsha served as co-chair of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2009-10, a position that she also held in 2005-6. She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, creating a Leadership Training Program for the LGBTIQA Community, and currently serves on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health board of directors. Marsha founded Seattle’s internationally known Ingersoll Gender Center, and continues to serve the organization. In 2008 Marsha served as a national co-chair of the Obama Pride Campaign. In 2009 she served on the Leadership Committee for the Equality Across America March in Washington DC, speaking at the Capitol Rally. In 2011 Marsha joined the Faculty of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Emerging Leaders Program.

In 2002 Marsha received the Greater Seattle Business Association Community Leader Award. In 2004 Marsha received the Horace Mann “Victories for Humanity” Award from Antioch University and the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education. In 2006 Lambda Legal selected Marsha to receive its Civil Rights Hero Award, and in 2007 she was given The Task Force Leadership Award. In 2009 Marsha received the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award. In 2011 Marsha received the Washington State GLBT Bar Association Award for Community Service, and in 2013 the Inaugural U.S. Edition Trans 100 List selected Marsha for membership.

Matt Foreman

Matt Foreman is an American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights lawyer and activist with a rich background in political advocacy and civil rights work. He is currently the program director at the Haas, Jr. Fund, overseeing its work in the areas of gay and lesbian and immigrant rights.

 

Foreman was executive director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project from 1990 to 1996 and the Empire State Pride Agenda from 1997 to 2003. He was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from May 2003 until 2008.[1]

Foreman has also served in executive positions at the Empire State Pride Agenda and the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. While working at the Pride Agenda, he led campaigns that resulted in enactment of a statewide nondiscrimination law, a hate crimes law and several laws extending equal benefits to the surviving partners of those killed on 9/11. His leadership was also instrumental in the success of measures providing $15 million for LGBT health and human services in New York state. His tenure at the Anti-Violence project is remembered for focusing the city's attention on anti-gay violence, resulting in important changes in police training, deployment and responsiveness.

 

Prior to his work in the LGBT rights field, Foreman was involved in prison policy and administration for ten years, including service as assistant commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Corrections, executive assistant to the New York City correction commissioner, and director of a medium/minimum-security facility on Rikers Island.

A graduate of the New York University School of Law, Foreman is a founding member of Heritage of Pride, the group that currently organizes LGBT Pride eventsin New York City, and a former member of the New York City Human Rights Commission.

Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus is the founder and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, which mines his decades-old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his oral history book of the same name about the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history. Eric’s other books include Is It A Choice?, Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

Eric is also founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization of more than 200 organizations and institutions planning programming, exhibitions, and educational materials tied to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. 

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is an American policy aide, politician, writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is known for being the first African-American openly transgender woman elected to public office in the United States,[1] serving since January 2018 on the Minneapolis City Council.

Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

John D’Emilio

John D'Emilio is a professor emeritus of history and of women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1982, where his advisor was William Leuchtenburg. He was a Guggenheim fellow in 1998 and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow in 1997 and also served as Director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Forcefrom 1995 to 1997.

Glennda Testone

Glennda Testone joined New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center as its first female Executive Director in 2009. Since then, she has strengthened The Center’s programs for adults, youth and families, ensuring all LGBT New Yorkers have an opportunity to live happy, healthy lives. Testone recently helped launch a new Center brand and website, celebrated 30 years of service by the organization and completed a $9.2 million capital building renovation to transform the LGBT community’s home on W 13 Street. Testone also spearheaded the launch of innovative and groundbreaking programming at The Center for LGBT youth, transgender community members and LBT women.

 

Testone came to The Center from The Women’s Media Center (WMC) where she served as the Vice President for three years. Prior to the WMC, Testone was the Senior Director of Media Programs for the national Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

 

Testone has appeared on CNN, FOX News and MSNBC, and has been quoted in outlets including Vogue, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time Out and W Magazine.

 

She is a member of the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which works to implement Governor Cuomo’s plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. Testone also sits on the CenterLink Board, the Executive Board of the City University of New York Institute for Health Equality and is a member of the Bronx Borough President’s LGBT Policy Task Force. In 2005, Testone won Syracuse University’s LGBT Foundation Award for Outstanding Alumni. In addition, she has served on the NYC Commission on LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth and was a Tenenbaum Leadership Institute Fellow at Milano, the New School for Management & Urban Policy.

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Testone has a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Philosophy from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University. 

Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she was on staff for over two decades. 

Kendell grew up as a Latter-day Saint in Utah. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988 and a few years practicing corporate law, she pursued her real love—civil rights advocacy—and became the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. There she directly litigated many high-profile cases focusing on all aspects of civil liberties, including reproductive rights, prisoners' rights, free speech, the rights of LGBT people, and the intersection of church and state.

 

 During her leadership, the issues facing the LGBT community—from homophobia in sports to immigration policy—have taken center stage in the United States' discussion of LGBT civil rights issues. Kendell is a nationally recognized spokesperson for LGBT rights and has an active voice in major media, including The New York Times The Wall Street Journal, The Advocate, NPR, CNN, and many others. Despite the national success of NCLR under her tenure, her most rewarding responsibilities still include fostering alliances on the community and organizational levels, and advocating from a grass-roots perspective on issues concerning social justice. She is also known for her inspiring and motivating keynote speeches at NCLR's annual Anniversary Celebration events and at events across the country.

David “Tigger” Ronneberg

David “Tigger” Bailey is proud to have served our leather and kink communities as International Mister Leather 2016. He also has the honor of being the first IML from New Jersey where he served as Mr. New Jersey Leather 2016.

 

A Massachusetts native, Tigger grew up on the east coast and came out in the leather scene over 30 years ago while attending MIT where he graduated with a degree in Management Science. Tigger witnessed and learned the principles of respect, acceptance, personal accountability and sexual freedom before migrating west to New York, in a time when social activism and rebellion were essential elements in the fight for our rights and our lives. Act Up/Speak Out, Silence = Death were the mantras he lived by.

Tigger’s career took him to New Jersey, Toronto and now home in the D.C. Metro area where he serves as a board member for D.C. Leather Pride. Recognizing the privileges of a cisgendered male, Tigger addresses the issue head on of how to use every privilege and opportunity available to create unity and cohesion in a time of both hetero-normative assimilation and increased fractioning of the gay ommunity.

Along the way, Tigger found 3 amazing men to love unconditionally and build a strong non-traditional family (2 Sirs, 2 boys, and lots of lube). Tigger shares his unconventional polyamorous life openly and empowers others to live in a way that is truly authentic, regardless of boundaries or norms. He is a proud collared Sir to his leather family where public service is valued and encouraged.

Tigger took a step outside the box as IML and made a conscious decision to actively share the spotlight with his Sir and boys, to demonstrate how chosen family, unity and unconditional love can create a strength that can withstand time and scrutiny – how no one of us is an island. It was a message that invited countless conversations that took us back to our roots as sexual pioneers. And there were hugs, lots of hugs.

Today, Tigger continues to relentlessly challenge us all to accept and support the authenticity of every individual in our community without judgment, shame or exclusion. The question is not what privilege we have, but how we use it through action and behavior to build a net that provides security and safety for us all.

Sister Roma

Michael Williams, better known by his stage name Sister Roma, is an American drag queen and art director of gay pornography. He is a twenty-year member of San Francisco's Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Roma was the long-time art director at gay pornography studio Hot House Entertainment until Hot House was bought by NakedSword, in 2014; She now serves as "art director and overall Ambassador of NakedSword". Roma also co-hosts an online talk show, The Tim and Roma Show, that focuses on gay pornographic movies and the LGBT community. Roma has been a presenter at the GayVN Awards, a pornography industry awards show. Roma has served as an emcee and judge for the San Francisco Drag King Contest, the 2005 benefit Porn Idol;and at the BDSM/leather event the Folsom Street Fair.

In 2003, Roma's drag act was incorporated into Ronnie Larsen's play Sleeping With Straight Men with Mink Stole in San Francisco. In 2006, Roma was nominated for Best Nonsexual Performance Gay Adult Video News (GAYVN) award for her portrayal of Mona Lott, the maid of Wet Palms, which is a ten-episode gay-porn soap opera series. He also has performed at San Francisco's long-running drag show Trannyshack. In 2012, Sister Roma was the sole community-elected grand marshal, serving with twelve other marshals appointed by the Pride Board of the San Francisco Pride Parade. In 2014, Roma objected to Facebook's real-name policy after the site suspended multiple accounts belonging to LGBT entertainers, and was one of a group of San Francisco residents who met with Facebook representatives to discuss the policy.

Russell Roybal

Co-Executive Director, Russell Roybal is a long-time leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement. He is currently Chief Advancement Officer of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and works alongside the organization’s development, marketing and communications, and AIDS/LifeCycle teams. He leads the fundraising, communications, and branding efforts that resource the organization’s programmatic efforts and advance the mission of the Foundation.

 

Previously, Roybal was the National LGBTQ Task Force’s deputy executive director, where he directed the organization’s programmatic and policy work, and the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. At the Task Force he also served as deputy executive director of external relations and director of movement building.

Prior to joining the staff of The Task Force, Roybal was director of training and capacity building of the Gill Foundation, at the time the largest private funder of LGBTQ organizations in the United States.

 

He has also served on the staffs of LLEGO - the National Latina/o LGBT Organization, the San Diego LGBT Center, and San Diego Pride. In addition to his staff roles he has served on the boards of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the International Court System. He is currently a board member of OutRight Action International, the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and the International Court Council.

John Carrillo

Co-Executive Director, John Carrillo is the 28th elected Emperor After Norton of The Imperial Court of San Francisco.  He became involved with the court system in 1998 and was elected Emperor in 2000.  John is a California Native and lives in San Francisco.  John has served on the Board of Directors of The Imperial Council of San Francisco Inc. for over 10 years.  He currently is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 

John devotes a majority of this time and talents to several Non Profit Organizations.  John is also the President of the Board of Directors of The Tavern Guild dba The Community Thrift Store in San Francisco.  He also worked with San Francisco Pride for many years on the community donations team. John has also been involved with the International Gay Rodeo Association as a state and local board member and even spent many years in the arena as a contestant.  You will also find John on the softball field in San Francisco playing ball with the San Francisco Gay Softball League.

Wilson Cruz

Wilson Cruz (born Wilson Echevarría; December 27, 1973) is an American actor known for playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, Angel in the Broadway tour production of Rent and the recurring characters Junito on Noah's Arc and Dr. Hugh Culber on Star Trek: Discovery. As an openly gay man of Puerto Rican ancestry, he has served as an advocate for gay youth, especially gay youth of color.

Cruz works with and advocates on behalf of LGBT youth, especially youth of color. He has volunteered his time as host for the Youth Zone, an online community at Gay.com for LGBT youth. He was the Grand Marshal of the 1998 West Hollywood Gay Pride parade and the 2005 Chicago Pride Parade. In 2008, he was the keynote speaker at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Lavender Graduation and Rainbow Banquet honoring graduating LGBT students.

Cruz joined the board of directors of GLAAD in 1997 in order to assist the organization through a leadership transition, and joined the staff of GLAAD in 2012 as a National Spokesperson and Strategic Giving Officer.

Masen Davis

Masen Davis is the Chief Executive Officer at Freedom for All Americans. Masen is a seasoned strategist who has spent the last two decades leading efforts to advance equality for LGBTQ Americans at the state, national, and global levels.

 

Masen served as the Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center (TLC) for nearly a decade, and under his leadership TLC became the nation’s largest transgender advocacy organization. His work was critical to the elimination of discriminatory insurance exclusions in California, creating a pathway for transgender Americans to access transition-related care. He was also an integral part of the coalition that helped pass California’s School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), ensuring transgender students have access to facilities and activities that match their gender identity.

Prior to joining FFAA, Masen was Senior Director of Special Projects at the Gill Foundation, where he worked to strengthen and diversify funding efforts that would advance equal treatment and opportunities for transgender Americans. He also has served as co-director at Global Action for Trans* Equality. Masen also worked as a Community Investment Officer, later Development Director, for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

 

Masen is a published author, and his writings have been published in various books and journals, including Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice and New Directors in Student Services. Masen received his Masters of Social Welfare from UCLA, and Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.

Henry Bastos

A member of the Imperial Court of New York since 2012, I was elected Emperor XXVI and reign from April 2017 - 2018. In February 2019 I became an a Heir Apparent to Queen Mother 1 of the America’s Queen Mother Nicole the Great. I take great pride in the Awards and Recognitions I have received,  Recipient of the International Double Eagle Award, Recipient of the International Order of Emperor 1 Gregg Luccio, Member of the International Privy Council to Queen Mother Nicole The Great, General Council of the Eastern Courts, Imperial Grandson to Queen Mother Nicole The Great, and Honorary Citizen of San Diego.

 

A Celebrity Hair Stylist and Make-up Artist since 1987. I have studied in Costa Rica, Spain, England and the United States. A native Costa Rican, but now resides in New York with my husband Billy Wood-Bastos. I have worked with some of the most prestigious cosmetics companies in the world such as NARS and MAC, as the lead trainer for the East Coast of the United States. I have also been a Consultant and Judge for National and International Beauty Pageants such as Miss Costa Rica, Miss World, Model of the World and Universal ShowQueen Pageant in Hawaii. I have worked with Reality Series Personalities on TV and with International Recording Artist such as Reina, Veronica, Expose, LeChic and Robin S. In the Fashion World I have had the honor to worked with well-known Designers.

 

This year I had the honor to give the first speech in 40 yrs to the Costa Rica LGBTQI Community Pride Awards, where I recognized the labor and work of many individual activist that have worked hard to help people in need within our community and made a great impact in the history of the LGBTQI Community in Costa Rica.

 

Last year in Costa Rica I received the most prestigious Award given to someone in the LGBTQ Community, The 2018 Pride Award for "Figure of the Year", for my work in the United States and Costa Rica bringing awareness and fundraising for the LGBTQ Communities.

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