The Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah has a lot to celebrate this month. Not only is the drag charity group turning 10, it’s also holding its 10th Coronation: Chronicles in Color: A Legacy of Living, Loving & Giving.
More than that, the court is celebrating its survival after the gay bar in Ogden, where it held most of its shows, closed down.
“Trying to find other places and getting people to show up because it wasn’t necessarily at the ‘home bar’ anymore was a challenge,” said Emperor Michaelangelo Griffin West Tyler.
Happily, the IRCONU “lucked into” some help from the Roy chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which owns a bar and a convention center. After holding their 2009 Christmas show at Roy Eagles, Tyler said the Court and the bar have entered into a mutually beneficial relationship. For example, the Court has brought Roy Eagles several new patrons, and Roy Eagles has let the Court use its convention center for Coronation without charge.
Throughout 2010, said Tyler, IRCONU has raised money for a number of local charities. For example, its Halloween party raised funds for a women’s care center in Kaysville and an HIV/AIDS fundraiser in July, in which members of the Court created care baskets for locals living with the illness.
But the Emerald and Ruby Ball, said Tyler, will be its biggest fundraiser this year, as well as one that will be attended by Court members from Salt Lake City’s Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire and even from other states.
“This year we have done a lot of traveling to chapters and we’re hoping to have a lot o support from out-of-town people to come and hang with new faces and network with people,” said Tyler.
When asked why the Court had chosen Chronicles in Color as its theme, Tyler said they wanted to bring to mind the rainbow, the universal symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, as well as the multitude of things IRCONU has accomplished since filing for 501(c)3 status.
“We’ve stayed strong as a unit even though we’ve had so many transitions and lost some people on the way,” he said. “When it comes time, we do band together to do what we love to do, and that definitely proves true in the situation we were in this year [with the loss of the bar]. We’ve gotten a lot of support that continues to keep us going” including from non-gay owned businesses that “have welcomed us and tried to highlight us.”
“We want to show as much appreciation and love as we can to all those who came out and made us a success,” he added.
Coronation XI will take place Nov. 18–20 at Roy Eagles, 5 130 S 1700 West, Roy, Utah, as well as Suite 325 of the Ogden Comfort Suites, 2250 S. 1200 West, Ogden, Utah. The In-Town Show will be held at Roy Eagles on Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), with the Out-of-Town Show the following day at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Coronation XI: Chronicles in Color: A Legacy of Living, Loving & Giving will be held at the bar on Nov. 20 with doors opening at 6 p.m. The Out-of-Town Show has a cover charge of $10, while tickets to the ball are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Brunch will be held in the host hotel’s Sahara Room on Nov. 21 at noon and is $15. Weekend packages are available for $55.
For more information about the Court and Coronation XI, visit IRCONU.org.