“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

JosÚ Sarria

Jose Sarria Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 13, 2014
1. Jose Sarria Marker
Inscription. JosÚ Sarria Court honors the humor, political savvy, and talent of a great San Franciscan.

Born in 1923, JosÚ's performance career began in the 1950's. In 1961, Sarria ran for San Francisco City Supervisor; the first openly gay candidate to run for office in the United States.

Four years later, Sarria declared himself "Her Imperial Majesty, Empress of San Francisco, JosÚ I, the Widow Norton," a reference to the colorful 19th-Century San Franciscan, Joshua Norton, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. Sarria's coronation of the International Imperial Court System, a service organization with affiliates across the globe.

This plaque was made possible by the International Imperial Court System, with the support of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Erected by International Imperial Court System.
Location. 37° 45.854′ N, 122° 25.934′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of JosÚ Sarria Court and Pond Street on JosÚ Sarria Court. Click for map. The marker stands outside the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Library. Although the Library has a Jose
JosÚ Sarria Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 13, 2014
2. JosÚ Sarria Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here, mounted flush in the sidewalk, just to the right of the utility pole in the left of the picture.
Sarria Ct. street address, for practical purposes the library is really on 16th St. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Jose Sarria Court, San Francisco CA 94114, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. AIDS Memorial Quilt (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officer Jane Warner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Virginia Woolf (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rainbow Flag (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harvey Milk (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tennessee Williams (approx. ╝ mile away); Oscar Wilde (approx. ╝ mile away); Tom Waddell (approx. ╝ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . .  Jose Julio Sarria 1922-2013. In 1961 Jose declared himself a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Remember that at the time he had to find registered voters to sign the petition allowing him to run, and he was running as an openly gay man! The day before the deadline city officials realized that they had fewer applicants than open positions which would have guaranteed Jose a win. The City bosses kicked into gear and had a near-record 34 candidates on the ballot a day later! Jose ran his campaign from the Black Cat Bar and spent many a speech talking to the gay community about accepting the power they had if they worked together. Even though he lost that November, placing ninth of almost 30 candidates and garnering about 6,000 votes, it is recognized as the beginning of the gay community showing its personal and political clout. As Jose says “from that day on nobody ran for anything in San Francisco without knocking on the door of the gay community”. In 1977 the first openly gay man to win an election in California, Harvey Milk, was elected to that same position.... - (Submitted on September 13, 2015.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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