Started in 2006 by Charles Anthony,
who currently serves as President, The CT Prime Timers is a social networking
club for senior Gay men and of course, their admirers! The Primer Timers is a worldwide
organization still going strong after 26 years. Our local chapter offers a wide
variety of social opportunities, including Movie Nights, Book Club, monthly
Brunch gatherings, Bus trips to Jacobs Pillow, Montreal, Newport, RI, Radio
City Music Hall and many more. But this is an organization that does so very
much more than offer a social outlet for its members. They award two $1,000.00 scholarships
yearly to LGBTI youth and participate in a Holiday Season Gift program to
benefit LGBTI youth as well. And they have an active Outreach Program to
provide companionship and social opportunities to senior Gay men living in
Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing facilities. In our society, in which so many
have rejected or marginalized not just their Gay but often any senior family
member, The CT Prime Timers works hard to make sure their members feel part of
a caring, socially activeand FUN
extended Family Circle.
The Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticuts mission and purpose is
to provide a social union securing equality, liberty and justice by promoting
positive morale and pride to the community at large. The goal is to raise
needed funds for community and social service organization by providing a
social environment for people with the same interests as those of the court and
promote positive community awareness.
This years recipients of the fund raising
efforts of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All CT are True Colors, GLSEN
(The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) and The Jim Collins
Foundation. (The mission of the Jim
Collins Foundation is to provide financial assistance to transgender people for
The Imperial Court System was founded in San Francisco in 1965 Jose Sarria, also known as Absolute Empress I, The Widow Norton.
Sarria, now affectionately known as Mama or Mama
Jose among Imperial Court members, devised the name Widow Norton as a reference
to Joshua Norton, a much celebrated citizen of 19th century San Franciso, who had declared himself Emperor of the United
States and Protector of Mexico in 1859.Sarria soon became the nexus of a fundraising group of
volunteers members bearing titles of nobility bestowed by the yearly elected
leaders.Typical titles awarded are
Imperial Crown Prince or Princess, Grand Duke/Duchess, Marquess,
Viscount, etc. While largely made up of gays and lesbians, each court is open
to anyone wishing to help raise money for charities. Gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender and heterosexual people have all served as monarchs and court
members in the systems history.
MCC is a compassionate community of faith, and a spiritual home where
all people can experience the liberating love of God.