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Jose Sarria Exhibit: Legendary Drag Queen and LGBTQ+ Activist

15dec10:00 am6:00 pmJose Sarria Exhibit: Legendary Drag Queen and LGBTQ+ Activist10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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A special exhibit of Jose Sarria: Legendary Drag Queen and LGBTQ+ Activist (1922 – 2013) will be on display at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library in the main room October 11, 2022 through December 15, 2022. The Library is open daily 10 am to 6 pm everyday except Thursday when it is opened until 8 pm

Jose Sarria was a legend of the San Francisco drag scene. Out and Latino, Sarria dedicated his life to fight for LGBTQ+ rights and even ran as the country’s first known openly gay candidate for public office.

An international drag charity that he helped found continues his legacy with legendary drag galas to this day.

A representative from the Jose Sarria Foundation will be on site daily and there will be special lectures and film screenings scheduled. Come see the exhibit and learn more about this trailblazer.

Saturday, December 10, 2022 /Welwood Murray Library / 6:30–8 pm

  • Panel Discussion
  • Jose Sarria Foundation Panel Discussion. Celebrating the life and contributions of Legendary Drag Queen and Queer Activist Jose Sarria (1922 – 2013). The talk will feature Andrew Shaffer from the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library in the Cornelia White Community Room. Everyone is welcome but seating is limited.

Sunday, December 11, 2022 / Welwood Murray Memorial Library / 2–4 pm

  • Film Screenings
  • 10:30 a.m.: Queen of the Capital is a feature documentary about DC bureaucrat by day, drag queen by night, Muffy Blake Stephyns as she follows her dream of leading a group of vibrant performers on a crusade for the community.
  • 12:00 p.m: 50 Years of Fabulous, this film recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world. Founded in San Francisco by renown activist, drag queen and performer Jose Sarria, the Council has helped shape LGBT life and social history in San Francisco and beyond throughout the last five decades.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Nelly Queen: the Life and Times of Jose Sarria is a feature documentary on the life of Jose Sarria, the first openly gay American to run for office in 1961. The drag cabaret performer was an early and leading champion for equality for the homosexuals in San Francisco 15 years before Stonewall.
  • The film screenings will be back to back at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library in the Cornelia White Community Room. Everyone is welcome but seating is limited.


(Thursday) 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Welwood Murray Memorial Library (WMML)

100 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs 92262


Free Event