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US: ‘Sensational and inspirational’ funeral held for gay rights pioneer José Julio Sarria

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  1. Rest in peace

  2. Colin (London) 9 Sep 2013, 7:04am

    This gent sounds a strong, inspirational, focused, dame with an intellect, a sense of right and great courage while retaining a big heart and a sense of fun.

    Rest in peace Mr Sarria..you have done your service for us well.

  3. Jerry Pritikin 9 Sep 2013, 12:54pm

    I was lucky to have seen Jose entertain at the Old Black Cat when I first arrived in San Francisco in 1960 at the tail end of the Beatnik era. It was courageous drag queens who fought laws on the city’s books that if a guy wanted to get dressed in drag,they had to wear a lapel tag saying I AM A BOY or they could be arrested,even on Halloween! The gay bars used to get raided for no reasons and he used to get up on the bar and sing “GOD SAVE THE NELLIE QUEENS”. In 1961 he ran for City Supervisor as the 1st openly gay person ever to do so and received over 6,000 votes over 15 years before Harvey Milk was elected. He was so well loved that the City of S.F. named a street after him. One time I saw him walking down Polk street with a full length Milk coat on,and I asked him who gave him the coat? He said he got it the same way Minks get Minks! He was active for over 60 years.

    1. Colin (London) 10 Sep 2013, 7:27am

      Thanks for sharing this. Great to hear.
      Best Wishes

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